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Platinum Pest Solutions puts bedbugs to rest
Sep 17, 2018 11:08 AM
Platinum Pest Solutions, which specializes in getting rid of bedbugs in apartment complexes, has grown from 1 truck to 50 over the past six years.
After spending 50 years in the bike business, store owner retiring
Aug 20, 2018 10:25 AM
Bill Schmoldt was 15 when he started working at Prospect Bikes and was tasked with changing flat tires and learning other parts of the business. Now 50 years later, he is retiring from the same bike store.
Barrington businessman's side gig reuses old baseball gloves
Jul 16, 2018 9:58 AM
Russ Riendeau of Lake Barrington admits he stops at every garage sale he sees. He does not stay long and always asks the same question, "do you have any baseball gloves?"
Tradition of sipping rose petal tea with her grandma sparks business idea
Jun 18, 2018 1:57 PM
Growing up, Candice Crane and her grandmother often sipped rose petal tea in the afternoon. The tradition drove Crane to launch a business involving the flower. Crane started Petal, a sparkling beverage that boasts zero calories, zero sugar and no caffeine.
A healthy life Bloomingdale's NOW Foods marks 50 years of producing natural products
May 17, 2018 11:01 AM
When Dan Richard's late father, Elwood, started NOW Foods 50 years ago, health food and nutritional supplements were in their infancy. The Bloomingdale company has grown into a well known natural products manufacturer with distribution in more than 60 countries offering more than 1,400 products from functional foods and supplements to sports nutrition and beauty products as well as essential oils and a pet food line.
Middleby CEO gives back
Mar 16, 2018 10:50 AM
Selim Bassoul is a hands-on CEO of a rapidly growing Elgin-based kitchen-supply maker with about 8,500 global employees, has two young children at home, yet finds it important to give his time to others in need.
Grilled cheese truck concept expands in suburbs
Nov 9, 2017 6:00 AM
Greg Barnhart, who made grilled cheese sandwiches for his young children is now building a business around the staple.
Furniture dealership finds a fit with ergonomics
Sep 11, 2017 9:56 AM
Jeff Meltzer matches bodies with furniture. The Skokie business owner started doing this more than 25 years ago, before ergonomics was really talked about.
Synergy Flavors makes things taste better
Aug 21, 2017 8:07 AM
Synergy Flavors Inc., an international food and beverage flavor company, is expanding again in Wauconda.
Molly's Original Pancake House to replace White Alps in Lake Zurich
By Kim Mikus
Aug 4, 2017 8:55 AM
A new family is taking over operations of a Lake Zurich restaurant that operated for about 30 years as White Alps before closing about nine months ago.
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Co-working space or office lease? The bottom line isn't just money
The popularity of co-working arrangements over traditional office leases continues to grow, and it's easy to see why. They're more flexible, require much less planning, and offer substantial cost savings on both space and services. No wonder today's millennial workforce loves them. What's not to like? Plenty, argue attorneys Scott Hargadon and Holly Eubanks, specialists in leasing law at Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle, a leading Chicago area commercial real estate law firm. Beneath the seemingly obvious benefits, the two point out, lurks a quagmire of potentially costly risks, due largely to a lack of well-defined rights and regulations.
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