Small Business Guide

Learn more about the future of work, the impact of COVID-19 on small business operations and how you can support local retailers with the Chicago Sun-Times Small Business Guide, your inside look at Chicago-area small businesses.

State law now requires most small businesses to offer a retirement savings plan option. The deadline for the Illinois Secure Choice program is Nov. 1.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot describes herself as a “pro-Chicago business” mayor. But on her watch, Boeing and Citadel have left town. On the plus side, Chicago remains a hub for tech start-ups. As Lightfoot seeks reelection, she and her rivals disagree how to revive the economy and restore downtown.
The builder, Inherent LC3, installed the first home in August and is weeks away from delivering the second and third. The single-family houses are all going up near Laura S. Ward Elementary School.
Since the onset of COVID-19, the federal government has adjusted eligibility guidelines to better serve those affected by the pandemic.
The SEP IRA works a lot like a traditional IRA, but there are additional rules and benefits to understand.
Take it from the COO of the Spice House and others weathering the COVID-19 storm: Seeking help, expanding digital sales are all tools for small business survival.
Business owners can get one-on-one confidential advice and assistance at one of the 42 centers on topics, including education, training and business planning.
Here are some key sources for funding and advice for small businesses amid the pandemic.
The Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council is responsible for certifying, advocating, developing and connecting minority businesses with major buying organizations.
Here’s how you can do your part to help suffering business owners and their employees.
Business leaders say that by year-end, the domino effect on goods and services in the country “could be catastrophic.”
Thousands of restaurants are being forced to close down again on mandates from state and local officials combating the virus’s resurgence.