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October 2019 Edition

2019 Village of Hanover Park Small Business Forum

Learn, Grow, and Network at the 4th Annual Hanover Park Small Business Forum 

Join us at Village Hall for a free workshop on marketing, financing, and growing your business. Three sessions will be held:

  • Be Your Best On-line! Jeanette DesJardins and Tia Juarez will help you understand how to find your customers.
  • Different stages in the growth cycle benefit from alternate sources of capital. Gene Khalimsky, Burke Groom, and Abigail Scanlan will discuss how you can work with a banker to tap into these sources as you bridge from micro-lending to conventional financing.
  • As you grow, you won't be able to do it all - when to delegate and when to hire? Ute Westphal and Sybil Ege, both experienced Small Business Development Counselors, will discuss identifying where you need help and how to find it.

For more information, contact the Village of Hanover Park Community Development Department at (630) 823-5780.  Register! 

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Save The Date – November 12, 2019

Is Your Business easy to find on-line? Attend CONECT’s Small Business Forum to learn about growing your business with Google, sponsored by the Bartlett Area and Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. 

CONECT serves as the Village’s Economic Development Committee, working with local businesses to provide feedback, helping businesses to connect, network, and create opportunities to educate businesses.  CONECT is working with the Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NWHCC) to host this series we are naming the “Business Education Seminars on Technology (BEST)” which will help your business be found on-line.  Tia Juarez of the NWHCC will facilitate.

Google has launched a series of educational resources to help businesses optimize their on-line presence and grow their business.  Can your business be found on-line?  Join us for a free brown-bag lunch and get help listing your business on-line with Google.  Click here for more information.

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Final Rule: Overtime Update

On September 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor announced a final rule to make 1.3 million American workers newly eligible for overtime pay.

The final rule updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements, and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004.  A “Fact Sheet” is here, and more information is found here.

IL Route 19 and Barrington Road intersection

The State Department of Transportation (IDOT) is in the beginning stages of plan preparation for improvements and expansion of the Barrington Road/Irving Park Road intersection.  

Preliminary plans should be ready in spring/summer 2020 for review. Information was mailed last month, by IDOT, to property owners.  If you have questions, contact Assistant Village Engineer Dave Shah at (630) 823-5652.

Happy Hour Update

After 30 years, the Village Board has lifted the Happy Hour Ban which restricted drink specials in the late afternoon and early evening.

Section 10-29 of Chapter 10 of the Municipal Code was amended in August 2019 to remove the Village prohibition concerning Happy Hours. The State provides that Happy Hour can be up to any 4-hour period (which need not be consecutive) in any day prior to 10:00 PM, but not exceeding 15 hours in a 7-day period.  

How Much Does an Employee Cost You?

When you think about adding a new employee to your payroll, determine what the actual financial cost of doing so means to your business.

This includes the dollars and cents over and above the basic wage or salary you agree to pay. The SBA indicates there’s a rule of thumb that the cost is typically 1.25 to 1.4 times the salary, depending on certain variables. Read more

Training and Network Opportunities
Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce

Northwest Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

College of DuPage Business Development Center

  • Webinar” Social Media, October 31, 2019, 10 AM – noon., This webinar is pre-recorded. On the day of the webinar, you will receive a link to sign in and view. Sign up here.  Call  (630) 942-2600 for more information.

Alianza Hispana

Local Business News

Congratulations to Laura and Elia Rodriguez of Alianza Hispana, honored at the 20th annual Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Daily Herald Business Ledger.

Everclean Ribbon Cutting

Welcome to EverClean Carwash! The Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, September 17, 2019 at EverClean's latest location, 2020 W. Lake Street, Hanover Park.

Business Matters in Hanover Park 

The Community and Economic Development Department has initiated this Newsletter called "Business Matters" for our local business community.

The newsletter is electronic only and includes information to help your business stay connected to Village news, upcoming networking events, grant or funding opportunities, and other issues of interest for growth and development. The newsletter is also posted on the Village website.
Is there business news – such as new products, new services, or awards that you would like to share?  Please contact the Community and Economic Development Department at 630.823.5781 and we will be happy to include your information in the newsletter.

Questions? Please Contact the Community & Economic Development Department

Director of Community and Economic Development

Village Planner

If you would like your business news included in a Business Matters newsletter, please contact Village Planner Ellen Weber at (630) 823-5779, or eweber@hpil.org

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