Recruiting Tips for How to Attract the Best Millennial Workers

As more millennial workers enter the job market, their academic accomplishments make them attractive—especially when compared to existing market participants. While companies that are top industry players with impressive revenue streams assume that young talent will automatically flock to their business, the reality has shown something different. This is because businesses do not understand the driving factors […]

Flexible Service Levels Agreements: Fostering Trust and Commitment

Service level agreements, or SLAs, are contracts entered into by service providers and an end user—typically another business. Both large and small businesses utilize SLAs with service providers, though at least arguably it is the larger businesses who possess more bargaining power when contracting under SLAs. In addition, SLAs are out-based contracts that exist primarily […]

Private Retirement Savings Program Provides An Edge for Small Business

The Illinois Secure Choice Savings Program, also known as Senate Bill 2758, is a proposed amendment to the Illinois State Finance Act that, if passed, could provide millions of Illinoisans with a new way to hold secured retirement savings on their own terms. This retirement savings program has garnered a great degree of positive support […]

Methane Business on the Rise in Illinois

A recent economic analysis presented by the Environmental Defense Fund revealed that there are currently hundreds of methane-mitigation facilities across the country that are saving $1.8 billion each year in wasted methane. Around 60 percent of the methane-mitigation businesses are small businesses that pay workers handsomely for their services. This report also identified Illinois as […]

Difficulties Faced by Small Businesses in Illinois

Illinois is considered one of the most difficult states in which to conduct business operations. The reasons for this difficulty include the high costs and barriers of entry into the market, such as the high taxes and licensing fees imposed by Springfield. Various complaints about the business climate in Illinois include the arguably unnecessary reporting […]

Handling Employee Mental Health Issues

In the last few decades, school shootings and workplace violence have been an almost constant presence in the news, illustrating the significant safety risks that employers cannot ignore. Though the odds of workplace violence occurring are low, almost two million Americans have reported that they were victims of workplace violence. When employees become physically violent […]

Potential End to U.S. Export-Import Bank May Impact Illinois Exports

Illinois is one of the top five states in the nation when it comes to exporting services and goods abroad. In fact, the state exports over $66 billion in services and goods each year, allowing international trade to account for 10 percent of the state’s total economy. Part of the reason that states such as […]

Early Access to Federal Small Business Health Insurance Exchange

Since the rollout out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), small business owners have been concerned about how the new law may increase their companies’ operating expenses and infringe on the ability to provide quality health insurance to employees. However, small business employers in Illinois may finally be able to take a sigh of relief. […]

Ban the Box and Pregnancy Protections: Employer Action Restrictions

The new Illinois law titled Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act (Act), also known as the Ban the Box Initiative, is a new law that will allow job seekers with past criminal histories to apply for jobs without allowing their past to get in the way of finding gainful employment. The Act, which will take effect […]

Illinois Small Business Development Center & Help for Entrepreneurs

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (or the International Trade Center) located on Southern Illinois University of Carbondale’s campus has been assisting small businesses throughout the state of Illinois for years. Their focus has often been on helping launch small businesses, and also providing assistance to small businesses looking to expand and take their operations […]