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

Affordable Care Act and Contraceptives

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


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

job application discrimination

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

NLRA Compliant Social Media

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, […]

To Avoid Fines Small Business Owners Must Be Aware of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Laws

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Laws

Over the past year, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (“IWCC”) has greatly increased the prosecution of those small business owners who have not obtained workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. Those employers who do not obtain workers’ compensation insurance are doing themselves, and their business, a grave disservice. The small business law attorneys here at […]

Illinois Bill Signed to Assist Small Business Owners

Bill Signed to Assist Small Business Owners

Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that creates a specialized task force to aid Illinois small business, particularly those owned by minorities. The Illinois Small Business and Workforce Development Task Force Act will provide businesses with easier access to capital funding, workforce development, and state contracting opportunities. The law hopes to expand […]

Dissolving a Business Partnership


When you were starting your business, it seemed the most natural and easiest thing in the world to have a partner. You couldn’t start the company alone, after all, and having a partner meant having additional expertise, experience, and someone with whom you could “shop” ideas. “Business partnerships dissolve for many reasons,” according to the […]