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  • Cap What? Have all the different rules and various styles for title capitalization got you down? Title Case Converter to the rescue! It’ll convert titles per eight style guides, including AMA, AP, APA, and Chicago.
  • SBDC Services. The SBDC at Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce offers several services for SBDC clients, including a free monthly legal clinic, a Black Business Accelerator program, one-on-one business advising, classes, and more. Sign-up is free for all Illinois SBDCs, and you can find the closest-to-you office location here.
  • Zoom ’Toon. If you want to bring a little excitement to your next Zoom meeting—or just annoy your colleagues—you can now cartoonify yourself thanks to the Snapchat desktop app. As reported by The Verge, “The filter turns you into a generic DreamWorks/Pixar creation…which is both dumb and fun.”


B2B Publications Career Center

The American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) launched a new Career Center site for its members. The site “is designed to be the online destination for both B2B publishers/employers and B2B journalists” and features an enhanced job board, a Resource Center to help you plan for and further your career, résumé assistance and an anonymous résumé bank, and an Employers Portal to help companies find the best candidates for job openings.

ASBPE is free to join for U.S.-based “staff and freelance editors, reporters, art directors, and designers of B2B-oriented (i.e., business, trade, association, professional) publications.” Students and faculty members of journalism or related departments are also eligible for no-cost memberships.

Illinois Ranked 29th Best State for Starting a Business

A recent study by WalletHub ranked all 50 states on which were the best places to start a business, as reported by The Center Square. Illinois came in 29th overall; it also ranked low within the Midwest (only Minnesota and Ohio did worse).

The top three states were Texas, Georgia, and California.

All 50 U.S. states were ranked on business environment, access to resources, business costs, and other factors. Compared to the other states, Illinois came in 40th for business environment, 36th for business costs, and 8th for access to resources.


By Amy Spungen

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