The Harried Lifestyle of the Small-Business Owner [VIDEO]


The lifestyle of a small-business owner often reads like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: There's boundless action, enduring suspense, and constant drama. Mix in a few laughs, the obligatory blood, sweat, and tears, and at that point, who needs Bruce Willis? The exploits of a small-business owner can make even the most hair-raising antics [...]

Rise in Borrowing Points to Small-Business Recovery in 2012

Posted in TRENDS

2012 is beginning on a positive economic note for small businesses. The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index shows that small-business borrowing in the United States recently returned to levels we haven’t seen since the global economic downturn started. The index, which monitors the volume of financing to small businesses, climbed 10.2 points in November [...]

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Wins a $25,000 Slice of Intuit Grant Money

Posted in LOCAL

Many small businesses claim to care about their communities. But not all consistently prove it. Nick’s Pizza & Pub of Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois has a distinguished track record of community involvement. As a result, long-time patrons of the generous small business have begun singing the praises of owner Nick Sarillo’s popular establishment. And [...]

End of Holidays Doesn’t Halt Small-Business Beef with Amazon App

Posted in LOCAL

The small-business community has enjoyed an anything-but-cordial relationship with since the e-commerce pioneer launched in 1995. Beyond the challenge Amazon poses to traditional bricks-and-mortar stores simply by virtue of its size and presence, many small-business owners assert that Amazon has an unfair advantage in the marketplace because the online retailer presently isn't required in [...]

How to Drive Comments to Your Blog Without Driving Yourself Crazy


For hard-core blogging enthusiasts in the small-business world, seeing a big, fat, glaring zero in their blog's reader comments section can be as painful as a goose egg in their checking account balance. That’s because the most in-demand blogs today are those that maintain a robust, engaged readership that drives traffic — and offers repeat [...]

Form-A-Corp Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

Posted in LOCAL

Helping new small businesses get off the ground is what inspires Adrian Brion (pictured) to get out of bed each morning. And fortunately for Brion and his three employees at Form-A-Corp, the office may soon be filled with the friendly voices of new colleagues to help grow the business and expand its array of quality [...]

The Intuit App Center Takes Center Stage with Small Businesses


With millions of small businesses relying on QuickBooks to manage company finances, it comes as little surprise that the Intuit App Center has grown exponentially since its inception two years ago. If you're unfamiliar, the Intuit App Center is a web site where small business owners and employees can find, buy, and use apps that [...]

Cupcake Queen Wins a Sweet Treat from Intuit with $25,000 Grant

Posted in LOCAL

It’s one of the oldest truths of the culinary art -- food prepared with love always tastes better. For more than a decade, Billie Baird has lovingly baked her signature decadent desserts for customers who are always treated like family. Now it’s finally Billie’s turn to feel the love in return. This week, the cupcake [...]