Resume Red Flags and Green Flags for Choosing the Right Employee

A well-crafted resume offers an employer a glimpse into the professional life of a potential new hire. A small business is only as good as the individuals it employs, and all small business owners must be careful to choose the right new employee. Our small business law attorneys at the The Gierach Law Firm have […]

New Small Business Administrator Appointed to United States Senate

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 […]

504 Loans Offer Alternative Sources of Financing for Illinois Businesses

New relief is coming to small business owners in Illinois who are looking for inexpensive, high-quality financing from lenders they can trust. This year the Regional Development Company (“RDC”), a highly respected regional community development organization, will be extending its reach into Illinois. What is the RDC? The RDC is a federally certified business development […]

Reviewing Acquisitions at the End of 2012

On Tuesday, November 20th, three companies announced their plans to acquire various other businesses in multibillion dollar acquisitions.  Food giant ConAgra announced plans to purchase fledgling company Ralcorp, who provides privately labeled food products for grocery stores.  Real estate companies Equities Residential and Avalon Bay have also agreed to purchase a majority share in Archstone […]

Protecting Customer’s Privacy

As businesses continue to use off-site data sharing services such as Dropbox and GoToMyPC, data security becomes a very important part of any business.  When data is taken off of a firewall protected network, there are a lot of threats.  Whether it is data corrupting viruses or data stealing viruses a company has made an […]

Former Employee Seeking Lost Wages from Termination

An article in the Chicago Tribune details the financial tribulations of the futures brokerage firm Peregrine Financial Corporation during the week of July 9th, 2012.  On Monday the founder of Peregrine, Russell Wasendorf Sr., allegedly attempted suicide near his firm’s Cedar Rapids headquarters.  It is believed that this was due to the investigation of fraud […]

Wells Fargo to Settle Racism Allegations with $175 Million

According to a Chicago Tribune article, the nation’s largest residential mortgage initiator, Wells Fargo, has been accused of unfairly discriminating against minority borrowers.  These allegations state that Wells Fargo violated fair-lending laws when dealing with eligible African American and Hispanic borrowers from 2004 to 2009.  This date range was during the housing boom and affected […]

Apple Patent Lawsuit Against Motorola Dismissed with Prejudice

In recent news from the Chicago Tribune, U.S. federal judge Richard Posner has ruled that Apple cannot proceed with its request for an injunction against Motorola, which bans the sale of Motorola products that use Apple’s patented technology. Thus ruling effectively ends Apple’s ability to pursue its existing patent claims against Motorola regarding smartphone products. […]

Motorola tries to Settle Royalty Dispute with Microsoft

Microsoft has a patent on a technology called ActiveSync which updates calendars and other data such as contacts, emails and tasks.  This proprietary software is used in all phones that use Google’s Android operating system.  As such Microsoft has been settling with all other phone manufacturers except for Motorola.  Royalties have yet to be set […]

Safety Called into Question at Illinois Gun Range

A local business in Elmwood Park had a bad visit from OSHA on January 21st 2012.  OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a government body that ensures safe and healthy work environments.  Illinois Gun Works Ltd. was cited for 28 alleged safety violations, which corresponds to over $100,000 worth of fines.  Illinois […]