Red Tape Unwrapped: Mayor Lightfoot Eases Small Business License and Permit Applications

It’s Christmas come early! Earlier this week, Mayor Lightfoot gave an early present to small business owners outside of the Loop. She released a plan to streamline small business licensing, which would open five regional centers to help with licensing issues. Currently, these matters can only be handled downtown at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) [...]

Freelancing Flourishes: Finding Success on Your Terms

Owning a business is no cakewalk and, as with most facets of modern life, being a woman makes it harder. From the gender pay gap to the lack of maternity leave to discrimination and harassment in the workplace, the barriers facing professional women are well-documented. If they fall into other underrepresented communities – women of color, queer women, disabled [...]

Strengthened Illinois Equal Pay Act Combats the Gender Pay Gap

On July 31st, 2019, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law House Bill 2462, an amendment to the Equal Pay Act of 2003. Previously passed through the legislature in 2017 and 2018, it was struck down both times by previous Gov. Rauner. The bill introduces provisions which prevent an employer from discriminating against job applicants based on their previous wage [...]

2019-08-01T09:23:03-05:00August 1st, 2019|Employers, Employment Issues, Small Business Law|

High Hopes for Cannabis in Illinois

With recreational marijuana on the cusp of legalization, businesses across Illinois could see a vast marketplace suddenly accessible. A recreational marijuana legalization bill was recently introduced in the Illinois legislature. The proposed bill puts small businesses in an especially advantageous position, promoting “craft growers” and banning large-scale operations. Without a corporate presence dominating the field, local cultivators and retailers [...]

Annual Meetings And How To Conduct Them

What is an annual meeting? Every year, corporations gather together all their shareholders to talk about the state of the company. This is an annual meeting. It’s also called the “general meeting” or the “shareholder’s meeting.”   Are all businesses required to hold an annual meeting? It depends. LLCs only need to hold one if required in the company’s [...]

2019-03-05T10:29:23-06:00January 18th, 2019|Employers, Small Business Law|