5 External Factors that Affect Your Small Business

The business world is complex and ever-changing. Rarely are things ever cut and dry. You can offer the best prices in town and excellent customer service, but sales can be affected by external factors that are completely out of your control. Here are five factors that may be working for or against your business. 1.... Read more »

How to Attract Top-Tier Talent in Chicago's Fast-Growing Small Business Center

How to Attract Top-Tier Talent in Chicago's Fast-Growing Small Business Center
Even though small businesses are the fundamental foundation in Chicago’s economic strength, they often face many challenges in attracting and retaining top talent due to the stiff competition. As the economy continues to strengthen, having the right people on your team is paramount for long-term success. To help you achieve this, read on to find... Read more »

How Small Businesses Are Networking for Success in Chicago

As a small business, your network often becomes your net worth. As such, it’s essential to build relationships to generate business leads, discover new business prospects, expand your customer base and engage with mentors who can help shine new perspective into your business. Typically, networking takes place at events, meetings, and social networking platforms that... Read more »
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Illinois Shoppers Pay More for Online Purchases, Good News for Small Businesses

A recent loosening of states’ sales tax collection affects purchases of products online. According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois can collect more sales tax thanks to a Supreme Court ruling on the matter. For small businesses, this could mean a more even playing field, since large online retailers have been able to skirt taxes in... Read more »

4 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Plumber

We rely on plumbing to get through our days. Our plumbing systems allow us to take showers, fill our cups with clean water and wash our clothes. Plumbers help keep these vital systems up and running. A career as a plumber may be a good fit for you if you enjoy solving problems and prefer... Read more »

5 Trades That Pay as Well as College Degrees

With rising costs of tuition and student loan debt, many people are considering a career in the trades. Many trade careers are in high demand and offer excellent job security. The threat of automation isn’t as a rampant in the trades as it is in the services and retail industries. If you’re interested in a... Read more »
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What Small Businesses Need to Know About Mayor Rahm Emanuel's New Reforms

What Small Businesses Need to Know About Mayor Rahm Emanuel's New Reforms
An innovative package of new reforms aimed at helping small businesses grow and succeed was just announced by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. The plan will support small businesses throughout the city by addressing many points of friction that small business owners regularly encounter. More specifically, the reforms will help cut costs, streamline bureaucratic processes... Read more »

5 Ways Business Owners Can Separate Life and Work

5 Ways Business Owners Can Separate Life and Work
Creating boundaries between work and life is an ongoing challenge for many business owners. Working around the clock may indicate that you’re passionate about your work which is indeed a good thing. In general, however, it is healthy to have some separation between your professional and personal lives. Exactly where those boundaries lie, however, is... Read more »