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Introducing our Forum

To build community and boost connections among our readers, SmallBizChicago has a launched a virtual forum on our website. We encourage you to click on the Connections tab on the top menu and check it out. Do you have a question for other business owners? An opinion on a new policy or law? Are you […]

Micro-loans offered to Evanston businesses

The Evanston Community Development Corp. is offering a limited number of loans to Evanston-based small businesses seeking to improve and expand their operations. “The recession has hurt every business, ECDC Chairman Bill Logan said in a release to announce the initiative. “This new loan fund will help local firms to access the capital they need for […]

Obama Signs Act Aiding Small Businesses

After months of political struggle, President Barack Obama has signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, designed to provide financial relief to small businesses and self-employed workers with hopes of stimulating job creation. The U.S. House approved the measured 237-187 on Sept. 23 after the U.S. Senate had voted 61-38 the week before to pass the act.  […]

In a tough job market, students launch startups

Law school might not fetch an immediate job in a law firm these days, but for IIT-Kent College of Law student Richard Komaiko, it has yielded a technology business. Komaiko and his three business partners recognized the soft legal market was hurting not only recent law school graduates who can’t find jobs, but also solo […]

Giving women what they want

Entrepreneur Rachael Smith knows it pays to be organized. Her own personal experience lugging two young children through the airport, digging through her bag to find a favorite toy  to calm her son, inspired her. So the former schoolteacher invented a diaper bag with a pull-out drawer and lots of pockets to help on-the-go parents […]