Elizabeth Blackwell is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She is the author of Frommer's Chicago guidebook and writes for The Wall Street Journal, Chicago and other national magazines.
Recent Articles By The Author
Benefits Trends for 2013: What You Need to Know
As fears of another recession lift, companies are re-investing in their human capital.
What Really Spurs Small-Business Lending
Smaller, newer banks are on answer for start-ups and small-biz expansion, since TARP failed to inspire the big ones.
Why Small-Biz Expansion Depends on a Few High Fliers
Small-business growth rests with what's actually a very small subset of companies: Those that want to grow.
Swipe Fees Continue to Sting for Small Businesses
The retail industry fought back against hidden swipe fees, but the resulting settlement settled nothing.
4 Rules of the New Office Holiday Party
The office holiday party is a December tradition, but like many it must change with the times.
4 Ways Smaller Stores Can Compete for Holiday Shopping Dollars
Smaller retailers must offer something distinctive and exclusive, yet meet shopper expectations.
How Big Can a Small Business Be?
New regulations add to the confusion that links rural farm stands to a manufacturer exporting worldwide.
Study Unlocks What Makes Groupon Work for Businesses
An academic offers a must-read for any business owner considering signing up with a deal site.
Why Tax Rates Aren't a Cure-All for Small Businesses
Dig into the specifics and it's clear tax rates don't play the outsized role they seemed to in political debates.
Outsource Human Resources and Meet Your New PEO
Small businesses hitting a certain size must consider the quirks of professional employer organizations.