Business

Mon, 12/05/2011
Last week, a mother asked her daughter, a senior at Niles West High School, what she wanted for her 18th birthday. The daughter said she only wanted her mom to be there. “We don’t have much money, eat at home and don’t really go out,” said the girl, who baby-sits to help defray expenses like playing club soccer. “She’s not working and has raised...
Thu, 09/29/2011
A handful of Chicago-area business owners with renewable-energy systems on their premises are inviting anyone curious enough to stop by on Saturday for a firsthand look at how they work.Fifteen businesses are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour, a daylong event of free, self-guided tours where individuals can get a close-up look at solar...
Mon, 09/19/2011
Tips on locating mentors and building a strong working relationship with themWhen Kenny Lao found out in July that his Rickshaw Dumpling Bar had won a proposal to open a restaurant in Times Square this fall, he realized that the tight time frame allowed no room for mistakes. “This was an unplanned opening,” Mr. Lao said. Mr. Lao turned to the...
Fri, 09/09/2011
Are you having fun yet? As with so many things in life, spending too much time on work that you don’t like has a way of sneaking up on you slowly, without your noticing at first. In the earliest phases of a startup business, of course, founders do everything from balancing the books to taking out the trash to standing in line at the post...
Thu, 09/01/2011
 High school buddies Scott Thompson and Scott Bird had long talked about starting a company. But life and careers got in the way as Mr. Thompson worked his way up in marketing in a big New York financial firm and Mr. Bird became CFO for a liquor distributor. They were making good money but didn't have the cash to start a company on their...