It Has Been a Great Run

It isn’t always easy here – you have to want it to work and you have to work at it.  Small business is especially hard. I have been lucky to spend the last five years helping to build a Chamber of Commerce that supports the many unsung heroes who own and operate those businesses that…

Not Every Problem Has a Villain

Businesses close for reasons usually related to profitability. While tempting to assign blame or to suggest mismanagement, cost structure is often the “villain.”

Budget Season Provides Opportunity for Annual Reset

The President just confirmed zero raises for civilian federal employees in 2019.  “Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” he wrote. Budget season means setting priorities and making difficult choices for any organization. Last week, Village of Oak Park staff began sharing 2019 budget priorities with elected officials and the public.  Over the next few…

Protection Requires Preparation

Three good friends ended up in the hospital this weekend.  All unrelated, all unexpected. All crazy scary. All keen reminders that life can go awry at any moment. Are you prepared?  Can you put your finger on critical information, when needed?  Do you have the right contact numbers stored in your phone? Do you have…