Elizabeth Blackwell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Outsource Human Resources and Meet Your New PEO

Small businesses hitting a certain size must consider the quirks of professional employer organizations.