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Electric bike start-up cruises on sustainable energy

John LeStarge says his two-wheelers can beat public buses on crowded city streets. Sporting batteries that propel them at speeds up to 20 mph, the electric bikes also surpass other forms of transportation on cost-efficiency, traveling 15 miles on just a nickel of electricity, said LeStarge, owner of Chicago Electric Bicycles LLC. The company began […]

Minorities Build Businesses by Building Relationships

While many small companies try unsuccessfully for years to nab large contracts, Power’s human capital management and technology services company won a government assignment one month after it opened its doors in 2003, thanks to a personal contact, Powers said.

Special Report on Minority Owned Businesses

After 17 years of fits and starts, LeNardo Nelson Sr. of Chicago is ready to take his triple-sided windshield wiper to market.

A commercial lender at Harris Bank by day, Nelson has long dreamed of being an inventor like his father, who devised a sled with convertible wheels in the mid-1960s. But getting his wipers off the ground has taken far longer than Nelson ever imagined.

Recession Buster: Company radiates new sales

With a “no layoffs” pledge to employees, Julia Billen needed new sales to prop up her heating business.

Business Ownership: Do You Have What It Takes?

Entrepreneurship is not all about the money to Keith Pascal and Dr. David Preskill, who together launched TopTierMD.com this month.