Entrepreneurs Catch A Break: City Offers A Discount On Business Licensing

#ChiSmallBiz   Most businesses in Chicago require a license from the city in order to operate, and the fees associated with this process can be expensive. In an attempt to alleviate this financial burden on entrepreneurs the Small Business Center of Chicago is offering a 2 year Business License for $125 (regularly the price for a 1 year license). [...]

Small Business: My Inspiration

Today would be my Grandma’s 94th birthday. She influenced my life in uncountable ways. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is her life’s work with my Grandpa: owners of the family hardware store passed down by my great-grandfather. Her name probably wasn’t listed on any official business documents, but she was just as foundational to the business [...]

2018-09-28T22:54:11+00:00June 1st, 2018|Employers, Startups|

“We Don’t Make Jokes Like That Around Here”: #MeToo, Sexual Harassment, and the Role of the Legal Counselor

As I scrolled through my newsfeed a couple weeks back and saw the stream of “Me too’s” saturating it, while I was angry and disgusted at the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and assault, I was mostly in awe of the bravery of all the women putting themselves out there to be counted. Think about the thought process and emotions [...]

2017-11-07T21:31:39+00:00November 7th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law|

Can you fire Nazis in Illinois?

In light of the recent Nazi protests occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia, many employers are left wondering when they can fire employees for being a Nazi, or for activities done outside of the workplace. Employers are facing important questions, such as: Can you fire an employee for being a Nazi? Can you fire an employee for posting a swastika or [...]

2017-08-18T21:22:05+00:00August 18th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law|

NEW Mandatory Sick Leave In Cook County (and Other New Sick Leave Laws)

There have been some important updates in Employee Sick Leave Laws in Illinois! Chicago, Cook County, and the state of Illinois have all had some changes to their laws regarding sick leave. Chicago and Cook County now have mandatory sick leave for almost all employers with employees in their jurisdiction. Read below for more details about the new sick leave [...]

2017-06-13T18:40:12+00:00June 13th, 2017|Employers, Small Business Law, Startups|