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Archive for March, 2012

New Titles for Start-up Businesses

We have some new titles at MPPL for start-up business issues – I invite you to come check them out!

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman

It’s Your Biz: The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss by Susan Wilson Solovic

How Excellent Companies Avoid Dumb Things: Breaking the 8 Hidden Barriers that Plague Even the Best Businesses by Neil Smith and Patricia O’Connell

Results Without Authority: Controlling a Project When the Team Doesn’t Report to You by Tom Kendrick

All Business Is Local: Why Place Matters More Than Ever in a Global, Virtual World by John A. Quelch

Fearless Referrals: Boost Your Confidence, Break Down Doors, and Build a Powerful Client List by Matt Anderson

By Patricia Smolin on March 30, 2012 Categories: Business

Wait List For One Bedroom Units In Cook County To Open Mar. 27

According to The Journal & Topics Newspapers, the city of Des Plaines Health and Human Services Division has received notification that the Housing Authority of the County of Cook’s Public Housing Wait Lists for one bedroom units will open Mar. 27 at the certain Elderly and/or Disabled Designated Developments, including the Henrich House in Des Plaines. Please click here for the list of these sites.

Forms and instructions for the wait list for section 8 or subsidized housing be found here:

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Housing

State plans veterans job fair in Chicago 3/28/12

The Illinois Department of Employment Security is planning a job fair for veterans on March 28 in Chicago.

The department says it expects more than 100 Chicago-area businesses to send representatives to the four-hour job fair.

High numbers of veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars have had trouble finding work when they leave the service. Unemployment rates among veterans have been consistently higher than for the population in general the past few years.

In its announcement, the department says veterans should come to the fair dressed appropriately and with resumes.

The fair will be at The Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue starting at 9 a.m.

Other online resources for veterans in a job search include:


U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs recruitment website

National Veterans Association

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Employment, Jobs, Veterans

Looking for volunteer opportunities?

Check out Serve Illinois.  It’s fully searchable by type of volunteer opportunity or keyword and zip code.  The site is maintained by the Illinois Serve Commission, which is appointed by the Governor.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Employment, Jobs

E-payments to Americans receiving federal benefit and non-tax payments

The U.S. Department of the Treasury moved in late 2010 to make all federal benefit payments electronic by March 2013, a change that will impact everyone nearing retirement and the more than 10 million Americans are already receiving benefits by paper check.  Please click here for more information to ensure benefits continue without interruption.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Employment, Health, Seniors, Taxes

NEW! Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program


Sign up for the Experience Mount Prospect Text Marketing Program to receive the latest news on shopping, dining and events in Mount Prospect.

Using a cell phone, just text EXMP to 36000 and you will be ready to receive news, coupons and special offers from your favorite Mount Prospect businesses!

Sign up today – our first message is going out next week and you won’t want to miss it!

This program is sponsored by the Village of Mount Prospect. To stop receiving messages, text STOP to 36000.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Uncategorized

Copyright Questions

We often receive questions about copyright; e.g. ownership of one’s work, what is needed to use another’s work, public domain, etc.  A helpful guideline is provided by the U.S. Copyright Office.

Steps to copyright an image can be also useful, as well as how to determine which images provided by Google may have restrictions on use, especially for advertising.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Uncategorized

Voting for Judges

A new tool has come to our attention – This site stresses the importance of doing some background research the judges we cast our votes for, their impact and records.  The bar groups who participate in the evaluation of judicial candidates have reviewed some of each candidate’s legal work, talked to other lawyers and judges about the candidates, and had the opportunity to interview each candidate. For judicial evaluation results from the Alliance, please CLICK HERE.

By Patricia Smolin on Categories: Elections, Voter Info