Corporate-Startup Challenge Connects Entrepreneurs with Corporations

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The Illinois Corporate-Startup Challenge is an innovative pilot program that has just concluded a successful inaugural year. Part of Governor Pat Quinn’s broader job creation and innovation goals, the Illinois Corporate-Startup Challenge connects big business with entrepreneurs and startups in various commerce fields. The pilot program, created by the Illinois Innovation Council and overseen by […]

Microloans Present Viable Funding Options for Entrepreneurs

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Microloans are small loans made to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The borrowers of microloans are typically those who lack the necessary credit history, steady employment, and collateral necessary to receive a loan from a traditional lending institution such as a bank. Microloans can be used as working capital. They can also be used in […]

A Guide to Starting Your Small Business in Illinois

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Illinois is known as being one of the toughest states in the U.S. to start and operate a business. Due to the extensive regulations, taxes, and other red tape, entrepreneurs looking to set up shop in Illinois must be well educated about the rules and laws governing business operations in the state. However, to help […]

New Small Business Administrator Appointed to United States Senate

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Earlier this week the year-long search for a new Small Business Administration (“SBA”) leader ended with the appointment of Maria Contreras-Sweet. Contreras-Sweet was nominated by President Obama, and was confirmed this week by the U.S. Senate. Many believe that Contreras-Sweet’s appointment will breathe a breath of fresh air into the SBA, while also encouraging the […]

Religious Objections and the Provision of Contraception Under Employer-Based Insurance Programs

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The Supreme Court of the United States has a very important case before it that could have a big impact on the obligations on an employer’s duty to deliver health insurance for its employees. The Supreme Court must determine whether for-profit corporations can refuse to provide contraception coverage, as required under the Affordable Care Act, […]

Starbuck Loses Trademark Lawsuit

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In a legal case of David and Goliath, a small NH coffee shop has prevailed over a trademark infringement lawsuit filed against them by corporate giant Starbucks. Jim and Annie Clark own and operate the Black Bear Micro Roastery, located in Tuftonboro, NH. One of the coffee blends offered to their customers is called “Charbucks.” […]

Unlawful Application and Interview Questions

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Illinois small business owners must navigate a range of confusing rules and regulations in their operations. The challenges are manifest even more when dealing with employees. All employees are protected from unlawful discrimination based on factors such as race, age, disability, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more. However, the protections under the law begin before […]

The Growing Small Businesses Act Introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives

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On February 20, 2014, Illinois Representative Rodney Davis and New Jersey Representative Donald Payne Jr. introduced the Growing Small Businesses Act (HR 4063). The bill was introduced during National Entrepreneurship Week, with the goal of providing assistance and training for both the unemployed and potential business owners. Why the Growing Small Businesses Act?  Senator Davis, […]

Tips for Drafting an NLRA Compliant Social Media Policy

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Social media will forever change the way our society connects and communicates. As social media has become pervasive within our society, its use has become a norm within and outside the workplace. Any small business owner looking to institute a social media policy in their workplace must be aware of the National Labor Relations Act […]

Crowdfunding is Big Money for Small Businesses

A term heard more and more in the business world is “crowdfunding” – defined as a way of funding a project or business by raising small amounts of money from many people.” This is usually done through the Internet, using companies such as Kickstarter, Fundable, Lucky Ant, Indiegogo, just to name a few. Last year, […]