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Five reasons to develop a plan for your business

By Lorene Kennard, Guest Columnist    “Have a plan. Follow the plan. And you’ll be surprised how successful you can be.” —  Paul “Bear” Bryant, former football coach, University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Even with the abundance of evidence about the importance of planning, many people still do not do it. Many entrepreneurs have great […]

Obama’s address stresses innovation, jobs

By Ann Meyer — In a State of the Union speech Tuesday evening that emphasized the importance of innovation in job creation, President Barack Obama called on Americans to “think bigger” and try new ideas. He introduced Michigan brothers Gary and Robert Allen in the audience, who “reinvented themselves” by starting a roofing company. “That’s what […]

Chinese delegates focus on small business

By Hallie Busta Chinese business executives and government officials are looking to set up shop in the Midwest, China’s Commerce Minister Chen Deming said in a speech Friday in Chicago. Calling the region a window of opportunity for Chinese investment, Chen announced a new focus on partnerships with U.S. small and medium enterprises at the U.S.-China […]

China’s growth brings opportunities, concerns

By Hallie Busta — Chinese and American business executives will do more than shake hands when the visiting state’s delegation wraps up this week’s official visit with a stop in Chicago. A number will be signing off on business deals intended to nurture an economic partnership between the two global powers, observers said. Earlier this […]

News digest: Health reform, its impact, and stubborn unemployment

Health care repeal gains ground. The U.S. House voted 245-189 Wednesday evening to repeal the health care reform legislation, but what Republicans might offer as an alternative remains a question, The Wall Street Journal reported. Any proposals, according to House Speaker John Boehner, would be “common-sense reforms that bring down the cost of health insurance […]