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Information and Assistance for Small Business Owners

From time to time we receive information from various government agencies or non-profit groups that might be of use to Small Business Owners.
They will be posted here and updated periodically.

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From the SBA

8 Business Plan Myths That Can Hurt Your Business

The need for good business planning is as strong as ever, and the potential benefits are as important as ever. Every business owner ought to have a business plan but the best strategies for business planning are different than they used to be.

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From the SBC

New Incentive for Businesses that Complete Start-Up Certificate Program

The City of Chicago's Small Business Center (SBC) has partnered with The CIBC Bank to make entrepreneurs who complete the city's Business Start-Up Certificate Program eligible to apply for low-interest and no-fee loans through the bank's Entrepreneurial Loan Program. Program participants who complete the curriculum will now qualify to apply for The CIBC Bank Entrepreneurial Loan. This low-interest, no-fee loan can range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000 for new businesses and $25,000 for businesses with one-year of filed tax returns. All financing decisions are made by the bank.
For more information email bacpiutreach@cityofchicago.org or call 312-744-2086.
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From SBA

10 Steps to Starting a Business

Starting a new business in 2018? SBA has programs and services to help you succeed. Kick off the year right by taking these 10 steps.

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From Constant Contact

7 Email Marketing Practices to Leave Behind in the New Year

?When it comes to email marketing success, sometimes quitting is for winners. I’m willing to bet there are a number of poor email marketing practices that held you back in the past year. Stick with me for a few minutes and I’ll show you the top seven things that marketers need to quit to make 2018 a game-changing year.

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From the SBA

7 Types of Advertising That Don't Cost an Arm and a Leg

Advertising can be a powerful way to deal with marketing challenges such as low brand awareness, a declining customer base or heavy competition. Or perhaps you simply have a desire to drive more foot traffic to your business and think advertising can help.

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From the Chicago Commission on Human Relations

Avoiding Workplace Harassment
With all of the recent headlines about high-profile cases of harassment, business owners of all sizes should be particularly mindful of their obligations provide a workplace free of sexual harassment. Not only should business owners and managers be on the lookout for overt instances of harassment, but they also should be mindful of phrases containing sexist or racist epithets that are commonly used but nevertheless inappropriate in the work environment. Comments or behavior that offends another person, even if unintentional, may constitute workplace harassment.

For more information, visit the Chicago Commission on Human Relations website.
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From the SBA

10 Tips for Cybersecurity

If you choose to take your business to the digital world, as most businesses these days do, you don't want to miss these critical ways to protect what you have. Check out 10 cybersecurity tips for small businesses to safeguard your business in the digital age.

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From the SBA

These tips can help your home-based business take off

Did you know more than 52% of all small businesses in the U.S. are home based? If you are considering or are in the process of starting a business from home, it's an exciting and important undertaking. And as with any venture, it's crucial to take the right steps to set yourself up for success. Check out these five key financial tips to follow when starting a business from home.

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