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News, articles and information about small businesses, starting and owning and operating a small business, employment law, employment taxes, minimum wage. (Photo iTOWNS)
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  • In Illinois, 'F' isn't for 'friendly'

     In Illinois, 'F' isn't for 'friendly'
    You may have heard about the Gallup poll that makes Illinois sound like a horror movie scene in which panicked townspeople flee. Half our state's residents would move elsewhere if they could. The top reason cited: "work/business-related." Polls and...
  • Online reputation repair: a growth industry?

    Online reputation repair: a growth industry?
    Among the various industries spawned by the Internet, one of the most intriguing is the field of managing and repairing the online reputations of people and businesses. It's a classic case of finding a need and filling it. Review sites such as Yelp...
  • The presentation dilemma [Commentary]

    The presentation dilemma [Commentary]
    Presentations are big business today. When 34-year-old Chelsea Clinton, who has never held public office, can command $75,000 for a single presentation, people take note. Moreover, the fairly recent popularity of TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment,...
  • The Drawer, Ltd., longtime Mount Dora business with civic ties, closing

    The Drawer, Ltd., longtime Mount Dora business with civic ties, closing
    MOUNT DORA — Bootie Pearson never considered regulars at The Drawer, Ltd., a downtown mainstay for more than four decades, as "customers." "A lot of them I'd consider friends and family before I'd consider them customers," said Bootie Pearson, who...
  • Massive road construction leaves Tavares small businesses suffering

    Massive road construction leaves Tavares small businesses suffering
    Pemba Lama has to hold on three more weeks. If he can do that, his little convenience store has a chance of survival. That's because school starts again, and Lama is counting on the 50 to 80 students a day he usually gets from Tavares High School who...
  • A fairer (small) business environment [Commentary]

    A fairer (small) business environment  [Commentary]
    Is there a way to actually unite economic populists on the liberal left and libertarian right? Maybe not. But one promising possibility is the prioritization of American small businesses over powerful, multinational corporate dominance. The events of...
  • Mercantile Capital co-founder steps down to pursue new business

    Mercantile Capital co-founder steps down to pursue new business
    Small-business lending executive Christopher Hurn said Monday he is preparing to announce a new business venture after stepping down as chief executive officer of Orlando-based Mercantile Capital Corp., the company he co-founded a dozen years ago, Hurn,...
  • Candidates Look For Solid Turnout At Tuesday's Beach-Season Primary

     Candidates Look For Solid Turnout At Tuesday's Beach-Season Primary
    The middle of August is usually the time when vacationers think about heading to Block Island, Nantucket or a nearby beach. Politics is not ordinarily the top issue on their minds. But both Republican and Democratic candidates are scrambling in the...
  • Wrigley rooftops' political donations dry up

    Wrigley rooftops' political donations dry up
    The bitter quarrel between the Chicago Cubs and nearby rooftop owners over signs at Wrigley Field remains hot, but the rooftops' political contributions have cooled off this year. The city's landmarks commission has approved a plan to upgrade the...
  • Congressman taps into Half Acre, small businesses

    Congressman taps into Half Acre, small businesses
    You could say that Congressman Mike Quigley is trying to tap into what makes small businesses work—especially in Chicago, which has a dismal reputation on that front. On Wednesday, the Chicago Democrat spent a few hours at Half Acre Beer Company...
  • Cardin touts federal small biz goal

    Cardin touts federal small biz goal
    The federal government steered $83.1 billion in contracts to small businesses last year, meeting a goal intended to boost those firms for the first time in eight years, according to a report released by the Obama administration Friday. Just over 23...