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  • Bulls, planes and Girl Scouts: Wheaton executive looks for next accomplishment Jan 19, 2015 8:31 AM
    Kukec's People features Kathy Hopinkah Hannan of Wheaton, who has run with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, jumped from an airplane and ran the New York Marathon, Now the KPMG executive is the first Native American as the board leaders for national Girl Scouts.

  • How many food carts are too many in downtown Naperville? Jan 16, 2015 4:26 PM
    The last time Naperville City Council members were asked to consider the presence of food carts in the downtown, they decided only two should be allowed. On Tuesday, they will consider a proposal that would allow three. “That seems like a shift. Didn’t we approve just two?” said Katie Wood, an advisory commission member who is executive director of the Downtown Naperville Alliance. “I think it’s a stretch, personally, that we’ve gone really to three again when we had two locations, so one would assume that meant two vendors.”

  • Westin convinces Wheeling to join North Shore convention bureau Jan 16, 2015 2:40 PM
    The village of Wheeling will pay more than $100,000 to join a Skokie-based tourism bureau that will work to attract visitors to the suburb's hotels and businesses. “We see the convention bureau as another vehicle to spread our marketing dollars and reach a wider audience to promote our restaurants and hotels,” Economic Development Director John Melaniphy said.

  • BG/Lincolnshire chamber honors its best of the year Jan 15, 2015 9:38 AM
    It was Roger Sosa's first major event as executive director of the Buffalo Grove/Lincolnshire chamber of commerce; it was Lynne Schneider's final appearance after 25 years. The chamber honored its best businesses and business leaders this week at the annual awards and installation luncheon.

  • Zoning change would allow motorcycle dealer in downtown Libertyville Jan 15, 2015 5:01 PM
    Libertyville long has been known for its auto dealers, but now interest has arisen in locating an upscale motorcycle dealership in the heart of downtown. A village panel has recommended a zoning change that would clear the way for it to happen.

  • Wintrust ATMs get new software, works with your smartphone Jan 15, 2015 1:37 PM
    Rosemont-based Wintrust is adding new software to its fleet of 190 ATMs so that they can communicate with your smartphone. About 29 ATMs so far have the new software that will allow your smartphone to do the so-called cardless cash transaction.

  • Route 59 construction ‘pretty tough’ on Aurora, Naperville businesses Jan 14, 2015 3:04 PM
    Ongoing road construction on Route 59 at the Naperville/Aurora border has caused at least one business to cut back. OMango Flavors of India at 1056 N. Route 59, suite 100, in Aurora, has laid off four part-time workers because of the construction, cut its hours and changed its menu to “weather the construction storm,” General Manager Ann Fitzgibbons said. “For us the goal is to sustain with this staffing model and this menu and then maybe kind of relaunch after construction when the road opens,” Fitzgibbons said.

  • New grocers, restaurants on tap in Schaumburg Jan 13, 2015 12:22 PM
    Woodfield Mall and Streets of Woodfield are far from the only shopping areas in Schaumburg being revitalized in 2015, Mayor Al Larson told the village’s business community Tuesday during his annual State of the Village address. New tenants are expected to instill fresh energy at the Town Square development at Schaumburg and Roselle roads, as well as at the Woodfield Village Green shopping center just north of Woodfield on Golf Road, Larson told members of the Schaumburg Business Association.

  • New fitness center opens on Randall in Algonquin Jan 12, 2015 1:27 PM
    If you indulged too much and didn’t get enough exercise over the holidays, there is hope. The new Cross Kicks Fitness Center, owned by Tony Wuebker, Timothy Patrick and Brad Goldstein, has come to the Randall Road corridor, and is welcoming in new members of all fitness levels.

  • Cuban roots keep chamber’s Sosa in tune Jan 12, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features Roger Sosa, the new executive director of the Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, who keeps his Cuban roots rocking with his musican group.

  • Mobile credit card readers, and what they cost Jan 11, 2015 7:32 AM
    Need to accept credit cards for your small business? You have more reader options than ever. Online retailers Amazon and Etsy are the latest companies to offer the devices, which plug in to smartphones and tablets and let business owners accept credit cards anywhere. They join established players such as Square and Inuit GoPayment.

  • Library program for women business owners Jan 9, 2015 1:47 PM
    Women business owners are invited to “Women Entrepreneurs: Get the Business” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in the Adult Classroom of the Schaumburg Township District Library at 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg. Presenter and Lifecoach Antonette Taylor will share effective strategies to help entrepreneurs get in front of their ideal client or business.

  • Park district proposing beer, wine sales at Naperville Riverwalk Eatery Jan 9, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville Park District is seeking a liquor license to sell beer and wine at the Riverwalk Eatery, but no one is looking to create a “tavern on the Riverwalk.” Park board President Mike Reilly said the district instead wants to sell cans of beer and single-serve wine at the eatery at 441 Aurora Ave. “We’re not looking to be a tavern on the Riverwalk; we’re looking for an amenity that will attract families,” Reilly said.

  • Drone video sparks public safety discussion in Naperville Jan 8, 2015 5:30 AM
    Drones might be gaining popularity in Naperville, as one flew over the downtown on a December night to capture footage of the holiday lights. But the unmanned aircraft could raise some safety concerns, police Chief Robert Marshall said. “Our fear is that they’re going to fall out of the sky and hit someone,” Marshall said.

  • UL offers consumers a one-stop for safety issues, recalls Jan 8, 2015 5:25 PM
    Kukec's ebuzz column features, a new website by Northbrook-based UL that offers consumers a one-stop resource for safety issues and product recalls.

  • Running company paying to plow path in south Naperville parks Jan 5, 2015 4:28 PM
    Naperville runners who aren’t afraid of the cold will have a new plowed path this year as an outdoor exercise option: the Frontier Park Trail on the south side of the city. Naperville Running Company will reimburse Naperville Park District for costs incurred to plow the two-mile path after each snowfall of two inches or more this year, owner Kris Hartner said. “It just didn’t make sense to not have it useful for what could be a long chunk of the year,” he said.

  • After 29 years in distribution, Palatine man focuses on dogs Jan 5, 2015 12:27 PM
    Kukec's People features Brad "Casey" Howe, a dog training in Palatine who owns a local franchise called Bark Busters. The international organization recently named an award after his dog Dusty, who died recently of cancer.

  • New Year’s outlook promising for small businesses Jan 5, 2015 5:35 AM
    We still have 51-plus weeks to go, but 2015 looks promising — especially in sectors where the cost of money can be a thorny issue, according to Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

  • Constable: Palatine woman who's struggled with blindness finds her path Jan 4, 2015 10:02 AM
    Losing the last remnants of her vision just as her career began, Julie Gistenson thrives as a massage therapist at the Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine. “Her ability to overcome so many obstacles in her life has been an excellent example to us all. She is a wonderful role model to anyone dealing with adversity,” says Robyn Kove, director of marketing for the club.

  • New year may bring more small business help from Washington Jan 4, 2015 7:28 AM
    Small business owners may get more help from Washington in 2015. Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the Republican-led Congress.

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