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  • 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.

  • Car dealership coming to Streamwood, wants to expand to vacant land Jan 3, 2015 7:30 AM
    As construction continues on a Streamwood car dealership that upset neighbors in a town home subdivision, developers are now asking the village to incorporate vacant land where they want to park models. The Toyota-Scion dealership on Chicago Street in Elgin expects to relocate to an 81,000-square-foot showroom and service center near Lake Street and Elizabeth Drive in Streamwood this spring.

  • Scholarship applications available from Round Lake Chamber Jan 2, 2015 4:33 PM
    Scholarship applications are available to graduating high school senior students in the Round Lake area and Hainesville.

  • Piano stores closing as fewer children taking up instrument Jan 2, 2015 6:08 PM
    “Children these days are being recruited for so many other activities, whether it’s soccer, gymnastics, or swimming,” said Robin Walenta, CEO of West Music, a music retailer with a chain of stores in Iowa and Illinois.To succeed now, Walenta said retailers must engage families in music education.

  • Elgin auto repair shop marks 75th anniverary Dec 29, 2014 8:25 AM
    Starting a new business during the nation’s worst depression might not sound like a good decision, but that didn’t stop Herman Kellenberger from using his life savings of $300 to launch an auto repair business in the fall of 1939 in Elgin.

  • Wheaton sells long-vacant Main Street building Dec 29, 2014 5:49 PM
    A city-owned building that has stood vacant for roughly two decades in downtown Wheaton has been sold to a developer who plans to open a Vietnamese restaurant in the space. While the sale of the building for $160,111 was unanimously approved by the city council earlier this month, it creates one problem: the restaurant, Luong-Loi, is already located in the downtown area, just a few doors down from its future home at 111-113 N. Main St.

  • 10 notable suburban business people of 2014 Dec 29, 2014 12:11 PM
    Kukec's People features 10 notable people who have shown innovation and perseverence in 2014.

  • More ‘Help Wanted’ signs up at small businesses Dec 28, 2014 7:15 AM
    If you’re looking for signs that the U.S. economy is growing and that the job market is improving, just talk to small business owners. After cutting back on spending for years, people are splurging again.

  • Food hubs link consumers with local farm producers Dec 27, 2014 2:55 PM
    Legal secretary Betsy Bourbeau says the food hub’s deliveries to her place of work are more convenient than shopping at farmers’ markets and cuts down time at the store.“I spend much less time looking at grocery sales, clipping coupons, driving around town and finding parking. I just bring home my food on Wednesday and figure out what to make,” said Bourbeau, 50, who gets produce, bread, cheese, eggs and specialty items for about $38.50 a week — less than she would spend at a farmers’ market.

  • What suburban shoppers were out for Dec. 26 and why Dec 27, 2014 12:16 AM
    Just as Black Friday has crept into Thanksgiving night in the last few years, the days between Christmas and New Year's are also becoming more important to retailers, an industry analyst says. “I think retailers are trying to extend the season,” said Neil Stern. “It's changed pretty dramatically over the last decade for a couple of reasons” -- like people shopping later in the year, and gift cards.

  • Last-minute suburban shoppers finding it’s a breeze Dec 24, 2014 2:37 PM
    Last-minute shoppers are finding it easy to navigate the malls on Christmas Eve.

  • Gift ideas for last-minute shoppers Dec 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    You could say it’s crunch time. It’s Christmas Eve, and you’ve got your work cut out for you if haven’t finished Christmas shopping yet. But you don’t need to panic. There still are plenty of items to buy, and plenty of hours to shop.

  • Seminar helps women develop CEO skills Dec 22, 2014 5:31 AM
    Women who graduated in October from the first Project CEO, offered by the Small Business Development Center at College of DuPage facilities in Lisle,talk to Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

  • Hanover Park wants tax breaks for Hanover Square strip mall Dec 22, 2014 2:16 PM
    Trying to get the village out of the business of running a strip mall, Hanover Park officials are asking Cook County to award property tax breaks that could persuade a developer to buy the 10-acre shopping center along Barrington Road.

  • Leva finds sweet spot by expanding Long Grove Confectionery Dec 22, 2014 5:28 AM
    Kukec's People features Craig Leva, owner of Long Grove Confectionery and Arway Confections, who talks about how some sweet deals came about to expand the legendary brands.

  • Tips for getting ‘Staff Pick’ on Kickstarter Dec 21, 2014 7:41 AM
    Entrepreneurs and other users of crowdfunding site Kickstarter have been seeking the secret to becoming a “Staff Pick” for some time without much luck. Not even people who have been selected know why it happened. There’s good reason for wanting to be a Staff Pick: It can be a boost for those seeking to raise cash on the site for their startup or creative project.

  • Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes Dec 20, 2014 2:14 PM
    “The drought opened our eyes to we need to be more diverse,” said John Anderson, who ranches near Gail, about 70 miles south of Lubbock. “Our mind isn’t closed. If there’s something we can do we’re going to go for it, if it makes economic sense.”

  • Holiday shopping season comes down to the wire Dec 19, 2014 5:42 PM
    Major retailers including Macy’s and Toys R Us are offering marathon shopping hours. Kohl’s, for instance, is opening its stores for 132 hours straight until 6 p.m. Christmas Eve. That compares with 108-hour stretch last year.

  • Ricketts at suburban chamber luncheon Jan. 27 Dec 19, 2014 2:51 PM
    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts will talk about the state of his ball club at a multi-chamber luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Avalon Banquets, 1905 E. Higgins Road, Elk Grove Village.

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