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  • Veterinarians Katie and Jeff Bloomberg, the owners of Schaumburg Veterinary Hospital, with their own dog Mojo.

    Fire victim praises heart of Schaumburg veterinarianApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Donna Rozycki, her daughter Katlyn Hanson and their three dogs have had a long road to recovery since they narrowly escaped the fire that consumed their Roselle home in 2012. After the firefighters who ensured they all got out of that house with their lives, Rozycki most credits veterinarian Jeffrey Bloomberg and his Schaumburg Veterinary Hospital for their ability to start getting their lives back on track.

     
  • Finishing touches are underway at the new Qulinarnia restaurant, expected to open next week in Mount Prospect.

    Upscale Polish restaurant planned in Mount ProspectApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mount Prospect trustees this week paved the way for what's being billed as a new upscale Polish restaurant in the Mount Prospect Commons shopping center. The board voted to grant a liquor license to husband and wife owners Agnieszka Janowska and Dariusz Zychowski and their Qulinarnia, at 1730 W. Golf Road.

     
  • West Dundee leaders are responding to Target’s closure by looking at several new ways to generate new revenue for the village through taxes and fees. The closure is to blame for the village’s roughly $300,000 deficit in the new budget.

    West Dundee eyes new taxes, fees to make up for Target lossApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    West Dundee trustees are reviewing a combination of ways to plug an estimated $300,000 budget deficit as they plan for life without Target, one of the village’s largest generators of sales tax. Those options include imposing a 1 percent tax on food and beverages, a 2-cents per gallon gasoline tax and charging residents for refuse collection services. "I don't know if the board will take any of the options that were presented," Village President Chris Nelson said.

     
  • Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville will offer three sessions of a weeklong summer camp for the first time this summer, as students entering sixth through 12th grades can join Camp Divergent, which will explore the five factions of society in the popular book series by Veronica Roth.

    Anderson’s offers Camp Divergent as first weeklong summer campApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Anderson’s Bookshop of Naperville is making its first foray into the world of weeklong summer day camps this year, offering three sessions of Camp Divergent for students entering sixth through 12th grades. “‘Divergent’ I thought of right off the bat,” owner Becky Anderson said. “We’re focusing in on a book series that’s really popular with kids, especially a series that lends itself to learning.”

     
  • Proposed redevelopment plans for the Hickory-Kensington area in Arlington Heights include a mix of retail and commercial property. The village will host an public meeting Wednesday night on the project and a tax increment financing district intended to support it.

    Arlington Heights to hold meeting on TIF district proposalApr 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    Arlington Heights will hold a public hearing Wednesday night to discuss plans and a timeline for the proposed new Tax Increment Financing district in the Hickory-Kensington area of town. The area — defined by Dryden Avenue to the east, Miner Street to the north, Belmont Avenue to the west and Northwest Highway to the south — is largely industrial, but has seen some redevelopment in recent years with the addition of Mariano's, Walgreens and new townhouses.

     
  • 5th Avenue Sushi may soon open in a vacant space next to Harvest Fresh Market at Arlington Plaza in Arlington Heights.

    New sushi restaurant planned for Arlington HeightsApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Another sushi restaurant may soon be coming to Arlington Heights. Plans for 5th Avenue Sushi, 138 E. Rand Road, received unanimous approval from Arlington Heights’ plan commission last week and the restaurant’s owners will appear before the village board for possible final approval on April 7.

     
  • Elizabeth Chick, a junior at Fremd High School, shows off her business product line of high-waisted handmade, beach-style denim shorts at the Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s Investor Panel Event earlier this month. The name of her company is OUTSPOKKEN.

    Teen entrepreneurs make their best pitchApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    Twelve high school students from the Northwest suburbs pitched their business ideas this month before a panel of eight real-life investors to compete for funding at the 2nd Annual Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Presentation Event at The Cotillion Banquets. The students presented before representatives of some of the area’s biggest companies, as well as an audience filled with family, friends and members of the community, for the opportunity to win funding for their original business ideas.

     
  • Rhea Lana’s of West Chicagoland based in Addison is a resale concept franchise.

    Seasonal resale chain grows in popularityMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    We interview the owner of a seasonal children’s consignment sale company that is part of a fast growing, award winning franchise founded by Rhea Lana Riner about 17 years ago in her living room.

     
  • Abbey Trobe

    Wadsworth animal lover helps aging pets groom in placeMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Abbey Trobe, perhaps Lake County's first mobile pet groomer. She has taken a lifelong love of pets on the road, especially to accommodate aging pets so they can get their spa treatments.

     
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    Business owners become social media marketing believersMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic that social media could be one of your business’ most effective marketing tools.

     
  • David Pietig, operations manager for Arlington Plastics Machinery, in Elk Grove Village poses. His company exports used plastic processing equipment, and the North American Free Trade Agreement has made it easier for the company to export, so much so that it has been able to hire two workers and may hire more.

    Trade pacts in the works may boost small businessMar 30, 2014 12:00 AM
    Just 1 percent of U.S. companies export. Overseas markets represent a huge opportunity for small businesses that want to increase their revenue, but expensive tariffs, burdensome paperwork and delays in customs makes doing business with some countries more trouble than it’s worth. The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership could change that.

     
  • Patrick Tannous, left, and Dan Klein hold samples of their products at their Rosemont facility.

    Suburban entrepreneurs build tea business from the leaf up Mar 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    Patrick Tannous and Dan Klein, both 25 of Arlington Heights, founded Tiesta Tea in 2010 while still in college. Now the loose leaf tea is sold in more than 3,500 restaurants and grocery stores across the country. “It shows that if you put your all into something, believe in it, and go after it every day, you can make it happen,” Tannous said.

     
  • Ballpark Brew Fest in Schaumburg May 3Mar 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Empire Productions LLC has once again joined with the Schaumburg Boomers baseball team for the second annual Ballpark Brew Fest from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg. This four-hour brewery sampling festival features craft and specialty beers from over 45 breweries.

     
  • Garden Fresh grocery store in Buffalo Grove held its grand opening Wednesday — the first independent grocer opening in a former Dominick’s site.

    Garden Fresh Market opens in Buffalo GroveMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    Garden Fresh Market opened its newest grocery store Wednesday at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove. The store, located in a former Dominick’s, is twice as big as the Wheeling Garden Fresh that closed Tuesday, and is considered the third largest of the chain’s five stores.

     
  • Palatine OKs TIF dollars for florist’s faceliftMar 26, 2014 12:00 AM
    After rejecting a village florist’s request for a new sign along Palatine Road, the Palatine village council this month approved a measure to award the business $50,000 from a Tax Increment Financing district program created to help pay for exterior improvements. The money will pay for new sets of double doors, windows, awnings and siding, as well as a new wooden sign at Kinsch’s Village Florist and Garden Center.

     
  • Robbie Rivera, left, Frank Margini, David Gaffke, Ashley Vargas and Brandon Swan at Complete Bridal Salon in East Dundee will be the subjects of a new reality show, “Best in Bridal,” airing on a new network launching July 7.

    East Dundee bridal salon headed for reality TVMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    David Gaffke, owner of an East Dundee bridal salon, complained the reality show “Say Yes to the Dress” was out of touch with reality as evidenced by the pricey gowns on the show. Now, the owner of Complete Bridal Salon and his all-male staff are getting their own show. “We're not pretty, we won't have the chandeliers, but you're paying 45 percent cheaper than retail and we're not paid a commission,” Gaffke said.

     
  • Rhonda Morkes Dehn of Morkes Chocolates.

    Morkes Chocolates continues to pour its family tradition Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    We talk with Rhonda Morkes Dehn, owner of Morkes Chocolates that started in Chicago and now has two suburban locations.

     
  • Back row, from left: Christopher Hebel, Christiana Hebel, Joshua Crow, Delaney Jung, Ryan Jung, Connor Jung. Front row: Randy Crow, Yvonne Crow, Delmar Maassel, Desiree Jung, Bob Jung. Not pictured is Rory Hebel.

    Generations run Volo’s Fish Lake, while generations have returnedMar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Volo's Fish Lake Resort and how five generations have kept it moving ahead for 75 years.

     
  • New York City and two New Jersey cities, Jersey City and Newark, are the latest to require employers to give workers paid time off when they're ill or to care for sick relatives. San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Portland, Ore. and Connecticut already had sick leave laws.

    Small business unfazed by paid sick timeMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    As more cities mandate paid sick days for workers, the reaction from many small businesses is a big, so what? Ray Fitzgibbon expected Seattle's law, which took effect in September 2012, to create a nightmare for his Synergy HomeCare business, but he's been able to afford paying a sick worker and a replacement. “I had used the arithmetic based on a worst-case scenario and it was scary. And in hindsight, it just hasn't turned out like that,” he says.

     
  • The March Madness NCAA basketball is driving pizza sales across the suburbs, including at Connie’s Pizza.

    Pizza sales heat up during March MadnessMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    As March Madness basketball rolls out, so do pizza sales across the suburbs. Pizzerias says the Superbowl ranks as the No. 1 day for pizza sales, but March Madness kickoff weekend is right behind it.

     
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