Retail Secrets That Work

For all the technological strengths of your big-box and online foes, your small business possesses some good, old-fashioned strategic advantages that are keeping your peers atop the market. Meet four local businesses and see how they set themselves apart.

Mixing Traditions and New Ideas in Geneva

Geneva’s beloved festivals may seem a little different this year, but it’s all part of a plan to respect tradition while also embracing new ideas. It also happens to be a critical leadership approach for the city’s new Chamber of Commerce president.

Nooks & Crannies, Summer Edition

Check out these unusual and inventive stores around our area.

How to Win Loyalty? Learn It and Earn It

How effective is your business at earning and maintaining customer loyalty? Susan Dobbe-Leahy, of Dobbe Marketing in Crystal Lake, explains why loyalty is essential, yet fragile.

Shake Off Your Boring Brand, Swiftly

It’s not enough to simply define your brand; your business must continually adapt. Susan Dobbe, of Dobbe Marketing & PR Inc., in Crystal Lake, explains how to keep your brand fresh.

How to Launch Your Own Enterprise

Have you ever thought about going into business for yourself? Whether or not you’re employed, maybe it’s time to branch out on your own, either full- or part-time. Here’s what you need to know.

Local Bankers Support Local Businesses

When times are tough, expert advice makes a difference, Bill Mullins, of Crystal Lake Bank & Trust, explains how the staff at a community bank makes a difference for local customers.

MONEY 101: Make the Most of Your Cash Management

Our business cycles start and end with money, so it’s essential to move cash efficiently. Here’s what you need to know about the fundamental tools of cash management and the advanced tools that can help you make the most of every dollar.

Success Story: Mia Sorella

Growing up, these twin sisters dreamed of starting their own business. Today, with the help of a friend, they’ve fulfilled that dream, creating a unique combination of clothing boutique, hair salon and spa.