Many businesses are relying on contract workers to get things done and reduce overhead expenses. But does your contractor qualify as an employee? Jennifer Lollino of Sickich LLP explains. ...

Meet an Elgin-area car dealer who goes out of his way to make sure customers receive excellent service every time. ...

Meet a Geneva store designer-turned store owner who's found success providing unique home decor. ...

It’s easy to be friends during the good times, but when the economy recedes, not every bank maintains the relationship. Learn how community banks provide essential services, and why they remain committed. ...

Don't trust what you see in the news about financial investments? Brian Conroy, of Savant Capital Management, offers advice on why a CFP designation can help you find a reputable financial planner. ...

Al Anderson wanted a better selection of nursery plants. He got just that, and he's expanded his business to include a wide variety of landscaping needs. ...

Thirty years in custom carpentry wasn't enough for this innovative couple. Discover this company's latest product, and the simple device that spurred it all. ...

Do you remember the last time you reviewed your financial goals and your portfolio? Matthew Henry of Sikich Financial suggests a few ways to improve your investments by reevaluating your goals. ...

Think George Baley and his Building & Loan, if you like. Locally-owned community banks one-up their larger competition by being familiar and engaging with the community. Discover how five local bank presidents view you, the customer. ...

Dave Musial grew his business from a one-truck, part-time job to a force with 350 trucks helping an estimated 100,000 customers. Discover how quality work and personal service drive this dynamic businessman's growing company. ...