If you're a small-business owner in Chicago, your glass probably looks half-full compared with this time last year. The regional economy is slowly recovering from its stumble, more banks are showing enthusiasm for lending and consumer spending is up. Enough of you are confident that, in a survey earlier this year conducted by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, 71 percent of you plan to grow your small businesses over the next 12 months.
For many, that translates to hiring. But hiring can be a daunting prospect for small-business owners—that's because every person you sign on plays a crucial role. It can be a challenge to find the right person who can juggle multiple tasks and not disrupt what's often a tightknit, family-like company culture.