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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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  • West Elm announces $25,000 grant for independent designer

    West Elm announces $25,000 grant for independent designer
    Modern furniture retailer West Elm has long been committed to showcasing the work of local independent designers. Stop by the Beverly Boulevard store in Los Angeles, for instance, and you'll spot handmade ceramics by Los Angeles-based A Question of...
  • Mackey's $12 billion Whole Foods empire started with one store

    John Mackey had just turned 25 when he opened a small vegetarian food market in an old Victorian house in Austin, Texas. His business partner and girlfriend, Renee Lawson, was 21. Fast-forward 36 years, and Mackey has grown Whole Foods Market into a...
  • YouTube goes after small-business ads with Directr acquisition

    YouTube goes after small-business ads with Directr acquisition
    YouTube wants more small businesses to purchase advertising on its website, and that's why this week it acquired Directr, a Boston start-up.  Directr's technology makes it simple for businesses to create videos, which can be used as YouTube...
  • Congress needs to fight 'patent trolls'

    The American patent system is the lifeblood of our nation’s economy. It encourages innovation, spurs job creation and promotes economic growth both here in Illinois and across the country. But “patent trolls” are burdening the...
  • Scam of the day: Court halts alleged business directory fraud by Your Yellow Book

    If you run a small business or manage an office, be careful about "confirming" information requests you receive by mail, fax or phone. If you do, you may pay for it. The Federal Trade Commission alleges Your Yellow Book of Oklahoma City, and three...
  • Group picked by Quinn administration made no loans, but kept $150,000

    Group picked by Quinn administration made no loans, but kept $150,000
    As Gov. Pat Quinn's aides sought to pump up an anti-violence program ahead of his November 2010 election bid, they decided to add to the pot $3.76 million in federal disaster recovery funds from Hurricane Ike to make loans to small businesses. In 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...
  • 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...
  • The NLRB-McDonald's ruling could be the beginning of a franchise war

    The NLRB-McDonald's ruling could be the beginning of a franchise war
    It has been accurately observed that a single sentence in a terse ruling issued last week by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has the potential to bring U.S. labor law into sync with the 21st century. The ruling involves at...
  • Surveyed small businesses give California an F for friendliness

    Surveyed small businesses give California an F for friendliness
    California gets an F for friendliness to small businesses, one of the worst grades in the country, according to a survey of 12,632 businesses nationwide. The survey was conducted by Thumbtack.com – an online marketplace that connects service...
  • Why unions are lovin' McDonald's labor ruling

    Why unions are lovin' McDonald's labor ruling
    The most surprising bit of news this week was a ruling out from the National Labor Relations Board, saying that McDonald's Corp. functions as a joint employer with its franchisees and can therefore be held liable for their employment decisions. The...