Young Professionals Find New Ways to Give Back

As an organization dedicated to providing platforms for local small business, the OPRF Chamber of Commerce encourages subsets of local business people with similar challenges to form “affinity groups.” These teams create peer-led safe spaces for business people with similar experiences and concerns to gather and explore issues, educational topics, and opportunities.  Members learn from…

How to Make an Oak Parker Crazy

Three Oak Park women tentatively pivoted before the zero-waste station, studying the signs, sheepishly conferring with each other, plates of garbage in their unsteady grips.  Compost? Recycle? Landfill?  Which fork goes in which?  Do I have to scrape the remains of my pudding into compost before the plastic cup goes into recycling?  Is it even…

Life-Long Learners: Professional Development for Small Business

Staying at the top of your game is always a challenge.  Creating a community of “life-long learners” is a key goal of our local school district.  But actually committing yourself to constant study and improvement is a real challenge once you finish school. This is especially true for small business owners.  WIth the relentless pressure…

Bridging December to March

The holiday crowds went home.  People are starting diets, paying off their credit card debt and focusing on new year’s resolutions.  On top of that, it is cold, icy and gray outside. Welcome to the retail doldrums.  This is when things get cranky.  Business owners are waking up with last year’s hangover.  Maybe their numbers…