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Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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By Michelle Relerford

Small Business Center Opens In Chicago

Small Business Center Opens In Chicago

A new center makes resources available to local entrepreneurs whose dream is to open a small business in Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Small Biz Struggling to Access Capital, Report

Small Biz Struggling to Access Capital, Report

The economy might be slowly rebounding, supposedly, and manufacturing in this country seems to be turning around, supposedly, but one area that's still struggling is small business' access to capital. According... Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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By Melissa Flynn, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Jumpstart Your Business with a Small Business Improvement Fund

How to Jumpstart Your Business with a Small Business Improvement Fund

“Money is tight!” seems to be the battle cry of every small business owner. Everyone is trying to do more with less luckily there are still some programs out there that can help. One such program is called... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Cook County to Help Minority Business Owners

Cook County to Help Minority Business Owners

Cook County will be giving about a quarter of the county's $800 million in planned capital projects to minority-owned and women-owned businesses in the next three to five years, County Board President Toni... Read »

Monday, May 21, 2012 at 1:42 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Britain's Cameron Visits 1871 During NATO

Britain's Cameron Visits 1871 During NATO

Entrepreneurs at Chicago’s new hub for digital start-ups, 1871, got a surprise visit Sunday from British Prime Minister David Cameron prior to the start of the NATO Summit. The Prime Minister spoke with several... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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By David Wolinsky
      

Mayor Seeks to Slash Biz Licenses

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed on Tuesday a consolidation effort that would reduce the number of business licenses in the city from 117 to 49, which means less red tape, less bureaucracy, and less headaches... Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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By Alise Blunk

Chicago Small Business Expo

The 10th Annual Small Business Expo was held October 7 and co-sponsored by... See Full Gallery »

Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:51 PM
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By Carlisle Newman

Big Banks on Board for Small Biz Loans

Big Banks on Board for Small Biz Loans

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced highlighted a commitment by 13 big banks to increase lending for small businesses by a combined $20 billion over the next three years. Read »

Thursday, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:48 PM
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By Carlise Newman

Go to There: City Treasurer's Small Business Expo

Go to There: City Treasurer's Small Business Expo

Three winners of the Chicago City Treasurer’s Business Plan Competition – sharing a $10,000 prize - will be unveiled. Read »

Friday, Sep 2, 2011 at 10:53 PM
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By Carlise Newman

Lessons for Small Biz Owners from Irene

Lessons for Small Biz Owners from Irene

Even though Chicago is in no danger of hurricane, the lessons provided still stand. Read »

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