Small Business

QVC Product Search

Want to get your product in front of a dedicated television audience of shoppers? What does it take to get that opportunity without spending millions? QVC is bringing its product search to the St. Louis area on February 10, 2005.


New DOL Resources to Help Businesses Understand and Comply with Federal Employment Laws

Understanding federal employment laws has become more challenging as overtime rules, benefit packages, and health insurance issues are all changing the business-labor environment for small businesses. The U.S. Department of Labor recently unveiled two new tools to help businesses understand how to comply with the employment laws and regulations it administers.


Quincy-Area Firms Travel to China

An article in the last issue of this newsletter discussed how Illinois firms are rediscovering Asian markets, and in November, several Illinois companies traveled to Asia to seek new business opportunities. From November 5 - 18, Quincy Mayor Charles W. Scholz led Quincy-area firms on a four-city trade mission to China.


U.S. Exports Face Retaliatory Tariffs - Will Your Company Be Affected?

The World Trade Organization (WTO) has ruled that the "Byrd Amendment" is inconsistent with the United States' obligations as a member of the organization. Central to the United States' trading partners' objection is the amendment's distribution of antidumping and countervailing duties...