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The Illinois Intrastate Crowdfunding Bill went into effect in September 2015, but investors still are not paying attention. This is mostly because not many people know what intrastate crowdfunding means or what it does. Here are a few pointers regarding this investment legislation that could...

When negotiating a business deal with an international client, it is important to remember not only that you are working with people from a different country, but also a different culture. Cultural differences include how people act, think, dress, etc. What might be considered acceptable...

You just finished creating a new, life-changing product! Now what? It’s time to think about protecting your hard work with a patent. A patent prevents others from using, copying, or selling your invention without your consent. These can be obtained from the U.S. government through an...

When it comes to hiring, two types of workers primarily exist - full time employees and independent contracts. Each position has their own benefits and drawbacks from both a worker and employer perspective. For instance, while contractors may make a higher salary, they have to...

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, trademarks and patents are two terms you’ve probably heard quite a bit. Many people hear these terms and just assume their definitions are interchangeable. They’re each designed to protect a company’s intellectual property -- easy enough, right? Not...

Small business owners understand that finding support, both financially and strategically, can be a challenge. Luckily, the Chicago area is filled with local resources that want to help your business grow and thrive. Here are a just a few key players every entrepreneur should get...

It is essential for employers to recognize employees’ achievements in the workplace. Simply giving them a pay raise is one way to show appreciation, but many companies are leaning towards other incentives to keep their top talent happy and engaged. Here are a few ways to...

Whether you are just starting to invest or have been for years, mistakes will be made — unfortunately, more than once. However, making mistakes is all part of the learning process. Here are a few common investment mishaps and how you can best avoid them: Being...

Making sure your employees are following the Company policy is a job of itself, but it is equally important to know that you are complying with workplace rights as well. Employers can avoid making potentially costly mistakes by reviewing the basics and constantly staying aware...