Time to reacquaint ourselves with the real people behind our small independent businesses. They just might be your neighbors.
We need specific tools to keep the #shoplocal movement going. Viral posts are great but not enough to capture the momentum at the cash register.
Let’s start off by saying we are not for or against increasing the minimum wage. That is a policy decision and the Chamber chooses to present information rather than advocating one way or another. This is meant to be informational. Last week the Cook County Board of Commissioners increased the minimum wage in Cook County…
“Food is Art” was the theme of this year’s Chicago Gourmet. But I came away with a better appreciation of “food is business” – and a complicated business at that.
Running an indie-restaurant is harder than ever. Success is possible, but good intentions do not guarantee profit.
This weekend I visited a few local specialty stores searching for unique birthday gifts for my son. Fortunately, we enjoy so many independent retail boutiques in our community. Sure, I could find similar gifts online if I knew what I was looking for. But with no real ideas of what to buy, it is a…
The dog days of summer are challenging ones for small business as people leave town for vacation or generally adopt a slower pace.