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  • Projects to complete while hoping for spring Mar 9, 2015 7:44 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at some business tasks to tackle while you’re waiting for that first daffodil.

     
  • Elgin expo helps local Hispanics make right connections Mar 7, 2015 11:46 PM
    The 11th Annual Hablamos Espaņol Expo returned Saturday to The Centre of Elgin wherehundreds of people celebrated Hispanic heritage and culture, and received information about local businesses and the community.

     
  • Elgin tailor shop to close after 42 years Mar 5, 2015 12:39 PM
    “Casual Fridays” alone might not have killed Gus Panagiotopoulos' business. But they did take a major bite out of the Elgin tailor’s revenues. So after 42 years, Panagiotopoulos next month will close his shop, Gus’s Clothing and Tailoring, at 1765 Larkin Ave. “Elgin was very good to me,” said the 69-year-old Panagiotopoulos. “But like anything else, it’s come to the end.”

     
  • Manufacturer summit at Harper on March 4 Mar 3, 2015 5:15 PM
    More than 50 manufacturers will join industry experts in education, economics, human resources and manufacturing at the 2015 Manufacturer Summit, being held March 4 at Harper College in Palatine.

     
  • Kildeer woman turns hobby into growing business Mar 2, 2015 8:10 AM
    Jill Davis’ landscape business stems from a hobby and a passion. Over the past decade, she has slowly grown Jill Davis Design from her Kildeer home. “I think I had it in my blood,” Davis said of her landscaping skills.

     
  • Lincolnshire entrepreneur has worked around the globe Mar 2, 2015 6:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Paul Vosters of Lincolnshire, who is president and chief operating officer for Launchpoint. He talks about growing up in the Belgium Congo and how living in various countries has helped him as a business person.

     
  • Crosstown Pub and Grill opens second location in Batavia Mar 2, 2015 1:02 PM
    A new neighborhood pub with homemade food and hometown appeal is now open along the Randall Road corridor in Batavia. This is the second location for Crosstown Pub & Grill.

     
  • Where to find SBA lenders, loan information Mar 2, 2015 7:33 AM
    The good news is that the SBA loan program is easier to navigate than lingering tales of paperwork snafus and other delays suggest. Not so good is the fact that finding lenders who participate in the SBA program can be something of a challenge.

     
  • State lists top consumer complaints Mar 2, 2015 12:02 PM
    Got a complaint? Nearly 22,000 people filed consumer complaints with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan last year. Consumer debt-related scams and identity theft topped the list of problems.

     
  • Companies that reject “Shark Tank” deals, still thrive Feb 28, 2015 7:00 AM
    Dreams of investor money have induced more than 150,000 businesses to apply to be contestants on “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs pitch to cast members including Barbara Corcoran, founder of a prominent New York real estate brokerage; Daymond John, founder of the clothing company FUBU; and Robert Herjavec, founder of the technology conglomerate Herjavec Group.

     
  • Register for free screening of ‘Maker’ movie in Schaumburg Feb 27, 2015 4:12 PM
    Are you interested in doing more away from a television screen, giving back to your neighborhood, or dreaming of being “the next big thing?” The “maker movement” is an outlet for people like you happening all across the United States.

     
  • New businesses coming to Yorktown Center Feb 27, 2015 6:22 PM
    Several new businesses are scheduled to open this spring at Yorktown Center in Lombard, according to officials. Yorktown General Manager Todd Hiepler said one of the biggest developments is the opening of BZ’s Twisted American Cuisine, which will be filling a spot that has been vacant since the closing of Ed Debevic’s. “We expect them to be open very late spring or early summer,” Hiepler said, adding that the company is new to the Chicago market.

     
  • Panel: Low rates, available cash help fuel business growth Feb 26, 2015 6:11 PM
    After several tight years, banks and financial institutions are again opening their wallets to businesses looking for money to grow, and that’s providing unique opportunities for entrepreneurs. according to a panel of experts at the Daily Herald Business Ledger’s Newsmakers Forum on banking and finance Thursday.

     
  • Higher fees, background checks for Glen Ellyn cart vendors Feb 25, 2015 5:41 PM
    Vendors who operate food carts in downtown Glen Ellyn soon will pay more for a village license and be required to have background checks for all employees 18 and older. Under new regulations approved this week by the village board, the annual application fee for a vendor cart license will increase from $50 to $150. A fingerprint-based background check that costs $50 also must be completed each year for each adult employee, Planning and Development Director Staci Hulseberg said. The owner of the cart will have to submit to a background check as well.

     
  • Martial arts, lacrosse facilities move to Lombard Feb 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    Two established indoor sporting facilities -- Downers Grove Boxing & MMA and True Lacrosse -- have decided to move from other suburbs to Lombard. Both businesses are moving into an industrial area just east of Finley Road, between Butterfield Road and 22nd Street, and plan to cater to people who are serious about martial arts and students who want to play lacrosse for high school and college teams.

     
  • Elgin committee holds Realtors’ tour Feb 24, 2015 5:10 PM
    More than 30 Realtors took a tour Tuesday morning designed to showcase the variety of residential neighborhoods in Elgin. “We have such great housing stock that you can be kind of urban, you can be suburban, you can choose old or new — and not everybody knows that," said event organizer Susan Angell-Case.

     
  • Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers Feb 23, 2015 5:00 AM
    Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

     
  • Family recipes struggle to go from kitchen to store Feb 23, 2015 1:00 AM
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall knows what it takes to get Grandma’s Pasta Sauce or Aunt Bertha’s cookies or whatever legendary recipe your family treasures — onto store shelves: Determination and money.

     
  • Commerce Department, SBA try to kickstart entrepreneurship engine Feb 22, 2015 7:44 AM
    New research shows that the country’s rate of business creation, which peaked about a decade ago, fell 31 percent during the recession and has been slow to bounce back. That’s despite the fact that the share of the U.S. population between ages 25 and 55 — usually the prime years for starting a business — has expanded, according to new data released by the Kauffman Foundation, a research and advocacy group, at its annual state of Entrepreneurship symposium Wednesday.

     
  • FAA might allow thousands of businesses to fly drones Feb 21, 2015 7:36 AM
    Thousands of businesses could receive clearance to fly drones two years from now under proposed rules that the Federal Aviation Administration unveiled Sunday, a landmark step that will make automated flight more commonplace in the nation’s skies.

     
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