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Friday, Mar 2, 2012 at 1:57 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Hoffman Estates Mulls Enterprise Zone Tax Breaks

Hoffman Estates Mulls Enterprise Zone Tax Breaks

If you're thinking of starting a new business and are in the Chicago area — which you probably are if you're reading this — then you might want to consider setting up shop in scenic Hoffman Estates. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Harness your Chamber of Commerce

How to Harness your Chamber of Commerce

Not to be smart alecky, but do you know what a chamber of commerce does? If you run your own business, you should be a little bit embarrassed -- but not too much -- if you don't. Because, guess what: A lot of... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012 at 4:28 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Take Advantage of IDES' Tax Credit Program

How to Take Advantage of IDES' Tax Credit Program

Over the holidays we reported on how the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs has been making great inroads towards finding veterans work. Well, now comes the other end of the equation: a reminder of why... Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Proposed Des Plaines Biz Tax Breaks Should Be the Norm

Why Proposed Des Plaines Biz Tax Breaks Should Be the Norm

The average Illinoisan might be hard-pressed to even pin Des Plaines' tail on this state's donkey, but that all might change assuming the Cook County city's proposed tax incentives go through. The Daily... Read »

Saturday, Nov 19, 2011 at 10:45 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How County Booze Tax Will Affect Small Biz

How County Booze Tax Will Affect Small Biz

As reported Monday in our sexy sister blog Ward Room (friends tell us she's sexy, we don't see her that way ourselves), the Cook County Board voted 12-5 to raise alcohol taxes 50 percent. If you're a... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM
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By Andrew Greiner
      

Durbin Touts Law to Limit Debit Fees

The Senator says the Durbin Bill should help small businesses rise up from under the weight of hefty processing fees. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 10:24 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Amazon's Proposed California Anti-Tax Vote Impacts You

How Amazon's Proposed California Anti-Tax Vote Impacts You

Online sales tax is quickly turning into the new Dodge City. Read »

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM
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By Carlisle Newman

How Long to Keep Those Tax Docs?

How Long to Keep Those Tax Docs?

How long should small business owners keep tax documents? Read »

Friday, Apr 22, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Why You Should Share Your Shares With Family

Why You Should Share Your Shares With Family

Turns out your mom was right: sharing is caring. Read »

Monday, Apr 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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By Carlise Newman

How Small Biz Could Benefit from (Banning) Offshore Tax Havens

How Small Biz Could Benefit from (Banning) Offshore Tax Havens

All that tax cash could fund small businesses. Read »

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