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  • New Arlington Hts. store owner started as stock boy 26 years ago Jun 2, 2014 5:47 PM
    The ownership of Sherwin Ace Hardware in Arlington Heights changed hands in January. Former owner Bob Ward didn't have to look far for a buyer. He sold the store to the first stock boy he hired in 1988: Matt Hanson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Rolling Meadows High School. “I grew up in the neighborhood,” Hanson says. “I'm the type of kid who took apart my toys, just to see how they worked.”

  • Waiting game: Why small businesses won’t hire Jun 1, 2014 6:30 AM
    Small businesses have not been hiring at the pace that’s needed for a robust economic recovery, and many owners have no plans to add to their payrolls, according to recent surveys. In three released last week, the most optimistic reading came from Bank of America Corp., which found that 52 percent of owners plan to hire over the next 12 months. But Wells Fargo & Co. found only 21 percent planned to hire, and in a Citibank survey, 25 percent had plans — numbers consistent with other surveys in the past year.

  • Barrington area meets new District 220 superintendent May 31, 2014 8:00 AM
    Barrington Unit District 220’s newly appointed Superintendent Brian Harris wasted no time Friday getting reacquainted with the community he previously served as an assistant principal during the 1990s. Just a day after being named to succeed the departing Tom Leonard, Harris attended a breakfast for graduating Barrington High School seniors before moving on to a pair of receptions — one for district staff and the other for community leaders.

  • Rolling Meadows chamber hands out awards May 30, 2014 10:24 AM
    The Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce handed out six awards Thursday night its 2014 Circle of Success Recognition Dinner. “We are proud to call Rolling Meadows home,” said Rebecca Darr, CEO of WINGS, who was one of the award winners.

  • Glen Ellyn’s new French market opens June 8 May 30, 2014 10:38 AM
    Glen Ellyn shoppers will have a new option this summer when the village’s French market premieres on June 8 in the Crescent/Glenwood parking lot near Prospect Avenue. The French market, which replaces the village’s traditional farmers market, will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 26. "It's going to be an opportunity for people to see something different happening in Glen Ellyn," Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Formento said.

  • House OKs small-business tax credits May 30, 2014 4:14 PM
    Illinois lawmakers have advanced a plan to expand tax credits to small businesses with the goal of creating jobs in areas of high unemployment and poverty.

  • Schaumburg Farmers Market opens June 6 May 29, 2014 2:22 PM
    Schaumburg’s Farmers Market will open for the season on Friday, June 6 and run every Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 31. The market is located at 190 S. Roselle Road, in the parking lot of the Trickster Gallery in Town Square.

  • Clothes Mentor opens in Algonquin and Batavia May 26, 2014 7:02 PM
    There is a new business along the Randall Road corridor where women can sell clothes they no longer wear, no longer fit into, or just never liked. And then other women, who find those clothes to be perfect for them, can snatch them up at resale prices.

  • Geneva’s Bike Medic of Geneva rolls into its 20th year May 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Mike Palombi, owner of The Bike Medic based in Geneva, provides bicycle repair and maintenance by appointment. He brings the bike shop to the door of his customers.

  • Owner mines LinkedIn for connections, prospects May 26, 2014 5:00 AM
    Ned Miller is a LinkedIn believer, calling the business social media site “a God send for the small business owner.” Small Business Columnis Jim Kendall looks at the issue.

  • From New York to Hoffman, engineer opts for baking bread May 27, 2014 9:11 AM
    Kukec's People features Chris Wu, of the Barrington area, who left behind a career as an engineer in order to start his own business. He and his wife opened Great Harvest Bread Co. in Hoffman Estates.

  • Harper offers social media class for businesses May 25, 2014 4:51 PM
    Entrepreneurs looking to improve their social media skills are invited to attend Harper College’s Small Business Boot Camp, a four-part series hosted by the SBDC. Classes have been designed to teach small business owners what they need to know to develop, implement and manage real-world social media marketing and how to analyze and improve their results.

  • Streamwood Kiwanis hold shopping event May 25, 2014 4:54 PM
    The Kiwanis Club of Streamwood and Hanover Township Senior Services will hold the 6th Annual Spring Shopping Faire and Bake Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Hanover Township Senior Center, 240 S. Rte. 59, Bartlett.

  • Schaumburg funeral home seeks on-site cremations May 23, 2014 7:18 PM
    The increasing popularity of cremation as a funeral option is changing the generations-old business model for suburban funeral homes, some of which are preparing for changes to stay relevant. For Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services in Schaumburg, it was the fact that cremations had exceeded half of all funeral services in the last year that led its owners to seek the ability to have cremation equipment on-site.

  • Culver’s of Schaumburg reopening May 27 May 23, 2014 5:07 PM
    Culver’s of Schaumburg, at 1800 Wise Road, will mark the completion of a recent upgrade project with a grand reopening celebration from Tuesday, May 27 through Tuesday, June 3. The celebration will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. May 27 featuring company co-founder and CEO Craig Culver.

  • Motorcycle parking moving in downtown Naperville May 23, 2014 4:24 PM
    Designated motorcycle parking in downtown Naperville is on the move. Spots now set aside for up to eight motorcycles near Jimmy’s Grill at the southwest corner of Washington Street and Chicago Avenue will be relocated to ease concerns about noise and exhaust near outdoor dining. “This is the first step in seeing if we can relocate those spaces and move those motorcycles to a place that is less intrusive on some of the businesses with dining,” said Karyn Robles, transportation and planning team leader.

  • Harper College to hold social media boot camp for small business owners May 22, 2014 4:22 PM
    Entrepreneurs will learn how to boost business through social media during a four-part boot camp at Harper College. The classes are run by the college's Illinois Small Business Development Center. "Social media can be much more than just free advertising for a business," Director Tom Cassell said in a statement.

  • A victim of war on drugs, hemp poised for Illinois comeback May 22, 2014 6:43 AM
    In every war, there is "collateral damage." In our war on drugs, hemp fell under attack. Now the Illinois legislature is moving toward revitalizing the plant once seen as patriotic. The tall, agricultural hemp once grown by farmers in Illinois is not the same as the leafy pot plants grown for medical marijuana or by illegal drug producers.

  • Car sales coming to 75th Street in Naperville May 22, 2014 5:00 PM
    A car wash on 75th Street in Naperville has neighbor support and preliminary city council approval to add car sales to its business plan. Finish Line Car Wash at 1090 E. 75th St. is poised to begin selling used cars from the back end of its property near the Market Meadows shopping center. “I think it’s very fair to the neighbors and evidently the neighbors feel the same way,” council member Steve Chirico said.

  • Application withdrawn for Bloomingdale gun range May 21, 2014 6:04 PM
    It’s unclear whether a proposed shooting sports facility will happen in Bloomingdale after the man behind the project withdrew his application with the village. Bloomingdale officials say Julian Perez notified them late last week that he was withdrawing his request to convert a vacant building at 7 N. Circle Ave. into a facility with two pistol ranges, a rifle range and a private range.

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