Small business owner hanging open sign on front door
If your small business keeps traditional business hours, it might be time to rethink your approach. Customers — particularly younger Millennial clients — increasingly expect to be able to engage with you…
Five co-workers eating a healthful lunch at the office
Having healthy employees not only makes for a happier workplace, it’s also a smart way to run a business. After all, healthy employees use fewer medical and mental health services —…
Green small business practices and recycling icon
If you’re thinking of implementing “green” practices in your small business, it’s natural to want to make sure they’re cost-effective. After all, the point of running your own small business…
How to Recover from a Business Mistake With a Client
No matter how careful you are, it can happen: You may anger an important client by missing a meeting or making a mistake on a project or sale. When you’re…
7 Ways to Save Money on Small Business Travel
If you consider a business trip an inconvenience, an interruption from “real work” or an unnecessary expense, you’re not alone. With email, texting and videoconferencing available today, why would you…
Networking Tips for Introverts (And People Who Just Hate Networking)
Networking is one of those “must-do” tasks for all small business owners. After all, new clients and projects don’t automatically show up at your doorstep. They’re often the result of…
4 Things to Know Before Hiring Your Teen
If you’re a small business owner with simple tasks you’d like to delegate, hiring your teenage kids can be a win-win situation. Your kids learn basic job skills and earn a little…
5 Low-Cost Ways to Recognize Your Employees
Big companies often have large-scale programs to reward star-performing employees. As a small business owner, you probably don’t have the resources to give workers big bonuses for landing new clients…
5 Small Business Stressors – And How to Combat Them
You don’t have to settle for stress-induced heartburn and migraines just because you’re running your own business. Entrepreneurs can do plenty to ease the pressure on themselves and their employees,…
Accion Chicago Helps Women, Minorities in Small Business
Among the many groups in Chicago that help small businesses, Accion Chicago aims to represent the “under-represented, including women, minorities and low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs,” says Betsy Neely Sikma, manager of Accion’s development…