Small Business Blog
News, tips, and advice for small business owners
The Art of Business and the Business of Art.
In this season 3 episode of Back of the Napkin, Kelly O'Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, shares the inspiring story of her transition from the corporate world to starting a small business from little more than clay, scrap metal, sheer determination, and the passion to honor her father's legacy.Read More
From Reactive to Proactive—Post-Pandemic Reopening Tips & Resources From and For Small Business Owners
Small business owners throughout the country are rebuilding, and many seek tips on the best ways to restore business to pre-pandemic levels. Whether reaching out to fellow business owners on how they navigated recovery or accessing government resources, small business owners are hungry for information.Read More
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for … Gelato?
Jon Snyder, iI laboratorio gelato owner, shares his life-long entrepreneurial ice cream journey and describes the difference between ice cream and gelato.Read More
Sip a Moment to be Mindful with Aisha Chottani
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin, Aisha Chottani, founder of Moment, a flavored water formulated and packaged to inspire mindful moments, discusses the origins of her company and how she took a dip in the Shark Tank.Read More
A Taste for Rapid Expansion Serves Up Valuable Lessons Learned for Hiran Patel.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails, Hiran Patel, owner of Naansense Indian restaurants in Chicago, discusses the issues he encountered when expanding to a second location and the wisdom gained from failure. Listen to the episode.Read More
‘Thank You’s’ Do Go Out of Style.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails , Rachel Doyle, social entrepreneur, CEO and founder of GlamourGals, shares an early failure due to inexperience writing thank you notes.Read More
Should You File a Tax Extension?
Tax season tends to be a time of the year that individuals, and small business owners, don’t look forward to. Taxes can be confusing, mistakes are costly, and making sure you have all the proper paperwork can be time-consuming.Read More
Ready for Your Close-up? GlamourGals Opens the Door to Seniors in Isolation.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin, social entrepreneur Rachel Doyle, owner of GlamourGals, merges makeovers and service to bring joy to isolated seniors. Listen to the episode.Read More
Roasting High-Quality Coffee and Serving the Post-Prison Population with Pete Leonard.
In this season 1 episode of Back of the Napkin , Pete Leonard, owner of I Have A Bean Coffee Co in Wheaton, IL, shares how a trip to Brazil and a smoke-filled backyard started an obsession for roasting coffee, and how a personal experience changed his perspective on the post-prison population.Read More
Does Salary Impact Employee Engagement?
“Money can’t buy happiness.” Researchers have spent a lot of time understanding how money affects people, and at what point will they be happy.Read More
Understanding Employee Engagement
Employee engagement is one of the keys to business success. Studies have shown that engaged employees produce higher quality work, treat customers better, and are more likely to stay at their jobs and continue to grow and deliver those strong business results.Read More