Illinois Small Business Owner Highlight

Ramona Thomas, a trained mathematician with a Ph.D. in education, gave up an 18-year career and position as vice president of a venture philanthropy firm to strike out on her own and open what is now Chicago’s premiere artisan chocolate boutique—My Chocolate Soul.

Illinois Events

Sat, 02/22/2020 (All day) | 9:30 am
Grow your idea for a business or side hustle and to earn income. Learn tips to:
Workshop | Chicago, IL
Thu, 04/02/2020 (All day) | 5:30 pm
Join us in celebration of Financial Literacy Month and learn how to launch or grow your woman-owned business! At these workshops, you’ll become financially ready by learning the basics of how to start a business or a side hustle to earn income.
Workshop | Chicago, IL
Sat, 04/04/2020 (All day) | 9:00 am
Join us in celebration of Financial Literacy Month and learn how to launch or grow your woman-owned business! At these workshops, you’ll become financially ready by learning the basics of how to start a business or a side hustle to earn income.
Workshop | Chicago, IL

Illinois Policy

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Illinois Research

Published:
Tue, 08/13/2019
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Policymakers at all levels, from town councils to the halls of Capitol Hill, emphasize the challenges of small businesses as a key talking point during political debates. But new opinion polling in four states—Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin—reveals small businesses feel their government officials don’t actually understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of policies to address their needs, some of which might come as a surprise to their elected officials.

Published:
Mon, 07/01/2019
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This Chicago-based research explores issues related to small business workforce development, particularly for business owners of color located in low- and moderate-income communities. Small Business Majority interviewed and convened local small business owners and business service organizations for roundtable discussions during a six-month research project to learn about key challenges in hiring and managing employees. Overall, the research indicates that small business owners have limited capacity and resources to improve workforce management.

Published:
Tue, 11/18/2014
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The economy is improving, but Illinois small business owners and their employees are facing another financial hurdle: retirement security. The U.S. currently suffers from a retirement savings gap of more than $6 trillion, and more than 38 million households do not have any retirement savings at all. Illinois small business owners and their workers are no exception.