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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 […]

“Buy American” provision aims to level the playing field

A military authorization law that President Obama signed on Friday included a “Buy American” provision aimed at boosting manufacturing in the United States instead of sending orders to China. The provision, which bars the Defense Department from buying solar panels made in China, could help the United States gain market share from the Chinese, which […]

Companies save with wellness spending

Jerry Benish wasn’t looking for a medal when he finished Camcraft Inc.’s fun run and lost 10 pounds in the company’s “Biggest Loser” contest. He knew the biggest winner could be Camcraft itself. As director of human resources at the Hanover Park-based components manufacturer, Benish closely tracks health care expenses. Along with moving to self-funded […]

Which Counts More: Luck or Determination?

For all that is commonly said about hard work paying off, being in the right place at the right time helps, too. Bob Carmody and his late wife didn’t plan to launch a frozen treat business, but stumbled on the opportunity at the Taste of Chicago 25 years ago. A worker happened to bring a […]

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