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  • Entrepreneurs offer tips for business startups Jul 28, 2014 4:58 AM
    Be prepared to do some bootstrapping, which in the startup world typically means providing your own money. When you have employees, get them engaged in the business. And try not to become a bank for customers who have more resources than you do. That’s the core of advice for startups from three successful entrepreneurs who were among those responding to an email I sent asking business owners for their thoughts on a variety of subjects. Starting up was one of the subjects. The three whose comments follow are Tom Walter, chief culture officer at Tasty Catering, Elk Grove Village; Kathy Miller, president, Total Event Resources, Schaumburg; and Bob Podgorski, principal, RPP Enterprises, Hoffman Estates. One way or another, each pointed to regulation, taxes, funding and staffing as issues startups must manage. Starting up “is not easy,” Miller, an event planner, responded in her email, “but nothing good is.” However, a lack of people resources often makes startup life harder. “There are many opportunities (to grow)” Miller wrote, “but the small business owner doesn’t have the manpower to take advantage of those opportunities.” Manpower nearly always is an issue. Walter, nationally known for his approach to participatory management, suggests a blend of culture, people and marketing. “Employee engagement is the leading indicator of a company’s health; finances are the lagging indicator,” Walter responded. “The best way to build a sustainable, successful organization is through employee engagement.” One of “many steps” Walter suggests is to “Have decision-makers at all levels, so that opportunities are easily transformed into revenue.” Revenue also is an issue, especially when governments need funding. Podgorski, a career guidance specialist, noted “The unsure regulatory and legislated impositions impacting business and markets.” Walter wrote about “Government regulation and taxation pressures that limit sales and (the) resulting profitability.” Although Miller covered similar ground, her message centered on “Large corporations that expect small companies to provide longer billing cycles — billion dollar companies expecting million dollar companies to fund their cash flow.” Miller’s concern is echoed by many small business owners, especially those just starting out. In spite of the standard 30-day clause on invoices, many companies, often larger ones with the clout to pay when they want, stretch payments to 60 and 90 days. “Corporations (must understand) that we are not their bank,” she wrote. “We are entrepreneurs who can save them money in other ways.” That’s one reason Podgorski emailed that startups will “need to bootstrap in the early years, make more of less, grow (through) will, brains and muscle.” Bootstrapping may not be what most new entrepreneurs envision, but creating a product, or service, takes time and money. Finding customers rarely happens quickly; selling them takes even more time. Startups, Podgorski said, “should know they will need to be highly customer centric.” In other words, no one is going to come because you’ve built a mousetrap; you have to find customers with mice. • 2014 Kendall Communications Inc. Follow Jim Kendall on LinkedIn and Twitter, and at Kendall Communications on Facebook. Write him at Jim@kendallcom.com.

     
  • Des Plaines tech firm is real gem for entrepreneur Jul 28, 2014 12:52 PM
    Kukec's People features Mitul Gandhi was part of a family of jewelers in India. He said he was the so-called black sheep. Instead of jewelry, he gravitated toward technology. Now, he's the co-founder and chief architect of Des Plaines-based SeoClarity.

     
  • Five generations gather to share mutual admiration Jul 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    Revamped Chevrolet Camaros are hitting the streets, packing monster horsepower and insane track prowess. A growing following that adores the car’s heritage was evident at the third annual All Camaro Car Show, hosted by the Illinois Camaro Club at the Volo Auto Museum.

     
  • Once a movie extra, Wheaton grad now a movie director Jul 28, 2014 5:42 PM
    When she's not working as a production assistant on NBC's "Parks and Recreation," Karen Teune writes, directs and stars her own independent films. “I definitely call myself a filmmaker now,” said Teune, who grew up in Carol Stream and, later, Wheaton. “Being a production assistant is to help pay the bills, and it’s invaluable in terms of learning. A huge part of the business is meeting people . it’s definitely not glamorous stuff (to be a production assistant), but it’s huge to be a part of this ‘Parks and Recreation’ family.

     
  • Hall of Famer Gibson appreciates Big Frank Jul 28, 2014 7:44 PM
    None other than Bob Gibson believes Frank Thomas is one of the great hitters in the history of baseball. “There’s certain hitters who can spit on a pitch and say that’s a ball, and if he says it’s a ball it’s a ball,” Gibson said of Thomas. “His eye was that good. He said, ‘If it’s not my pitch, then I’m not swinging.’ He would take a walk. Frustrating for the pitcher."

     
  • Issues arise when sellers possess home after closing Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. Someone told me we might be able to negotiate staying in our house for some time after the closing. Is this possible? What issues must we consider when discussing this with our prospective purchasers?

     
  • Powerful odor is intermittent, difficult to pinpoint Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    Our problem is an odor that smells much like a dead animal outside, although sometimes a bit like propane. The odor began suddenly late last fall. The smell is intermittent and there seems to be no correlation between heat or cold, wet or dry. It is most prominent on the north side, which is the driveway side, and it existed even during subzero Chicago winter, so dead animal unlikely.

     
  • Mice can do significant damage to autos Jul 27, 2014 12:01 AM
    We have seen several cars brought into the shop this year with rodent damage. I don’t know if this is because of the extremely long and cold winter we experienced here in the Chicago area but, whatever the reason, we have seen more of this damage recently than in years past.

     
  • Lake in the Hills man gets second chance after drug arrest Jul 27, 2014 5:05 PM
    A Lake in the Hills man accused of dealing drugs out of his home gets a second chance when prosecutors let him plead guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge; Aurora police and support personnel will volunteer at an Illinois Special Olympics fundraiser Aug. 6; a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a fatal February 2013 crash in Batavia has been settled.

     
  • Boundary issues with loved ones not just about the dogs Jul 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I have two serious dog lovers in my life and feel imposed upon regularly by them both, and get veiled hostility from them when I resist.

     
  • Chicago gets rare chance to bask in Hall of Fame glory Jul 27, 2014 7:45 AM
    Baseball is supposed to distract us from the wars, chaos and tragedies. Sometimes, especially for Chicago fans, baseball merely adds to our burdens. But Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa gave us something special. And today, they'll all enter the Hall of Fame.

     
  • Never too late to enter our fave letters sweepstakes Jul 28, 2014 9:57 AM
    Getting a spot to watch a Glen Ellyn parade. Bemoaning how we abound with "driverless cars." A "coward" who peppered a yard with mothballs to harm a dog. All are topics for our annual favorite letters feature, writes Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

     
  • Maddux delivers one more brilliant outing Jul 28, 2014 5:40 AM
    Though his game was more refined in his prime than perhaps any pitcher in history, Greg Maddux never pretended to be as much off the field or in the clubhouse. Stripped of polish and pretense, Maddux — wearing a tie he said was still knotted from his daughter's party months ago — was Sunday just as he always has been. Quiet and resolute.

     
  • Add vegetables to your healthy eating plan Jul 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    Eating a variety of fresh foods is a great way to ensure your body is getting well-rounded nutrition. If your vegetable preparation relies on the microwave, it’s time to expand your options to get more out of these powerhouse foods.

     
  • Work Advice: What to do when maxed on raises Jul 27, 2014 7:38 AM
    At my last annual review, my boss told me that I make too much money and that I would no longer be given a raise, no matter how long I stay or what kind of work I do. Is this a common practice?

     
  • Career Coach: Job search follow-up Jul 27, 2014 6:42 AM
    I noticed that the position I applied for in June was still available, with a new July listing date. Should I re-send my resume?

     
  • Atlanta’s Cox pays tribute to division dynasty Jul 27, 2014 8:32 PM
    While Frank Thomas, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were essentially alone, it was clear that the Atlanta group led by Bobby Cox was very much together in Cooperstown.

     
  • Glavine stays true to his past Jul 27, 2014 8:31 PM
    Tom Glavine left little doubt about how he wound up in the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday. Said Glavine, “I was just taught certain things by my mother and father that stayed with me. Particularly, my mother.”

     
  • Readers share ideas for improving St. Charles Jul 26, 2014 7:08 PM
    Dave Heun readers offer their thoughts on how St. Charles can overcome challenges it faces and spur development.

     
  • On the road: Immerse yourself in the bratwurst experience Jul 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    Brat Days is a one-of-a-kind brat experience in — where else? — Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Entertainment includes lots of live bands, a brat-eating contest, a brat trot race, and more food than you can shake a sausage at. Closer to home, the 12th annual Wrigleyville Summerfest serves up plenty of tasty food and beverages from local eateries, music courtesy of Chicago bands, and a Kids Zone with interactive games and family-friendly activities.

     
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