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  • New Wheaton brewery a place for people to gather Nov 18, 2014 6:52 PM
    Exposed brick walls, metal accents, a wooden ceiling and plans for local musicians to regularly play live music give Dry City Brew Works the feel of an urban coffeehouse. In reality, the new business in downtown Wheaton is a tiny brewery where people can work on their laptops, catch up with a friend or meet new people while enjoying a beer. The brewery — owned by Wheaton native Ben Sampson, his wife Jessica and her parents, Dave and Lori Carr — opened earlier this month at 120B N. Main Street.

     
  • Restaurant.com hopes to avoid penalties as appellate court weighs rulings Nov 18, 2014 1:01 AM
    There is “simply no good reason” to apply court decisions against Restaurant.com in a way that exposes it to penalties, argue attorneys for the Arlington Heights company. Both sides have now submitted briefs in the latest round of an on-again, off-again federal lawsuit over expiration dates on certificates.

     
  • St. Charles tavern to be penalized for 4th violation in 4 months Nov 18, 2014 2:00 PM
    The St. Charles Liquor Commission may hand down its toughest penalty to date to a downtown tavern involved in a fourth violation caught by police in as many months. “I take this very seriously,” the owner of The Filling Station said. “The employee had been working for me for 3½ years. She’s always been a good employee, and she came from a good family, but she made an error in judgment. She messed up.”

     
  • Just like mom would like, Frontier Soups founder continues to be resourceful Nov 17, 2014 5:14 AM
    Kukec's People column features Trisha Anderson, president of Frontier Soups in Waukegan, says her 94-year-old mother was the inspiration for her company.

     
  • Business owners, what will you do better next year? Nov 18, 2014 5:42 AM
    Business columnist Jim Kendall says even though Santa already has been sighted at more than one suburban mall, there’s plenty of time for business owners to plan for next year:

     
  • Fewer small businesses in U.S. plan to raise wages, NFIB Says Nov 16, 2014 7:30 AM
    A total of 13 percent of managers said that they anticipate increasing pay, according to the seasonally adjusted net results of 1,502 respondents to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Businesses. That’s down two points from September, when 15 percent said they expected higher salaries and 18 percent said they had recently increased pay.

     
  • Small businesses step up holiday social media game Nov 16, 2014 6:18 AM
    The holiday social media marketing plan for New York-based Monif C. Plus Sizes includes contests promoted on Facebook with prizes like a $1,000 wardrobe. When Facebook users click on a link about a contest, they’re taken to the New York-based retailer’s website and their email addresses are recorded when they enter the contest. Those addresses are key to increasing Monif C’s business — it gets nearly 30 percent of its sales in response to emails.

     
  • Rolling Meadows vending machine business celebrates 75 years Nov 14, 2014 1:59 PM
    Family-owned A.H. Management Group Inc. in Rolling Meadows is celebrating its 75th year in business, with members of the fourth generation assuming roles in the business. The company started in jukeboxes and has expanded to vending machines, food service and related enterprises.

     
  • French Russian cuisine inspires new restaurant Deka in Wheeling Nov 13, 2014 5:03 PM
    Proprietors of a newly opened restaurant in Wheeling are inviting patrons to dine like Russian nobility at their new place — which means you’re more likely to be served caviar than cabbage soup. Deka Restaurant is a French Russian brasserie at 401 E. Dundee Road.

     
  • New boutique opening in Glen Ellyn Nov 13, 2014 5:34 AM
    A new boutique promising clothing and accessories for women of all ages is scheduled to open next week in Glen Ellyn. 1 Happy Girl Boutique will offer women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as gift items. The boutique already has an online shopping website and two stores, one in Lemont and the other in Saugatuck, Michigan. The boutique’s creative vision is spearheaded by a former model, 24-year-old Paige Schwartz.

     
  • Schaumburg mulls $100,000 fee for medical pot dispensary Nov 13, 2014 5:07 PM
    Schaumburg officials are considering an annual $100,000 impact fee to cover governmental costs generated by any medical marijuana dispensary that may locate in the village. Though only one state license is available for the total area covered by Elk Grove and Schaumburg townships, the village of Schaumburg itself has received seven applications for a dispensary.

     
  • Workshop on improving volunteer engagement Nov. 19 Nov 12, 2014 8:56 AM
    HandsOn Suburban Chicago is pleased host a workshop by volunteer impact expert, Tony Goodrow on Wednesday, Nov. 19, entitled “Relative Impact ROI: A More Meaningful Way to Measure Volunteer Engagement.”

     
  • Wheeling ‘Taste of the Town’ revenue doubles Nov 12, 2014 3:19 PM
    Wheeling’s Taste of the Town “Healthy Harvest” celebration last month at the Westin Chicago North Shore drew nearly 900 attendees who enjoyed tastings, select wine and craft beers from over 20 local restaurants and sponsors along with live entertainment, silent auction and raffle prizes.

     
  • Constable: Bear market for Cutler jerseys, but Blackhawks still Bullish Nov 12, 2014 8:19 PM
    Suburban stores ordered their winter merchandise months ago — even before the predictions of QB Jay Cutler winning the MVP award while leading the Chicago Bears into the playoffs. So there was a risk that a timid merchant wouldn't be able to keep up with the demand for Cutler jerseys. That is no longer a concern at the Dick's Sporting Goods in Schaumburg.

     
  • Day Go Dogs among new businesses in Arlington Hts. Nov 11, 2014 4:24 PM
    A new Italian restaurant — Day Go Dogs and ‘Za — is expected to open by the end of the year in the former Riviera location at 5 W. Campbell Street in downtown Arlington Heights. Owner Richie Vaia said the new spot will have the same fast-casual food for good prices as his former Algonquin location. A half-dozen other businesses also have opened recently in the village, officials said.

     
  • ‘Happy Days’ star Anson Williams coming to Naperville Nov 11, 2014 12:51 PM
    Anson Williams, who gained fame as Potsie on television’s “Happy Days,” will be in Naperville Sunday, Nov. 16, to sign copies of his new memoir at Anderson’s Bookshop.

     
  • Businesses create internships to meet specific needs Nov 10, 2014 5:11 AM
    There’s more than the prospect of low-cost labor that makes internships interesting to small businesses. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

     
  • Palatine Chamber seeks award nominations Nov 10, 2014 5:43 PM
    The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for eight annual awards such as its Business of the Year Award and the Hero of the Year Award. Nomination forms can be printed out from the chamber’s website, palatinechamber.com, and are due to the chamber by Nov. 19.

     
  • Lake Zurich board approves funeral home and crematory Nov 10, 2014 5:23 PM
    A crematory will be part of a funeral home planned for Lake Zurich’s south side. Village board members recently granted final approval for the proposal pitched by Davenport Family Funeral Homes and Crematory for a 5-acre site on South Old Rand Road.

     
  • Republicans control Congress. Why that matters for small businesses Nov 9, 2014 7:43 AM
    Republicans expanded their majority in the House of Representatives and captured enough seats in the Senate to seize control of Congress, splitting political power between the Capitol and the White House. And while it remains to be seen whether single-party control of the Capitol will diminish or deepen the gridlock in Washington, it has changed the outlook for some of the legislative items that tend to matter most to employers and entrepreneurs. Here’s a look at some of the election’s most important ramifications for small businesses.

     
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