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Reba Morgan Osborne

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Reba Morgan Osborne is the Director of Government Affairs for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact Reba at (630) 544-3387 or rosborne@naperville.net.

What does the federal bipartisan Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act mean to our community?

The investment in our country’s aging infrastructure has been on the political landscape for years. In 2021, this federal funding bill underwent many iterations from...

Despite OSHA lawsuits – be aware of vaccination ETS mandate pending

Update, Jan. 13, 2022 / Supreme Court Justices delivered divided rulings on administration's COVID-19 mandates. One ruling denies COVID Vaccine Mandates for large employers....

What is the ‘Great Resignation’ and its impact on our business community?

A review of national phenomenon, termed “The Great Resignation,” may shed some light on the availability of our workforce in the post-Covid era. Ironically,...

Working from home moving out of the pandemic

Our recent survey of Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) Members showed that a total of 70% of member businesses reported shifting their workforce...

Hiring Second Chance Employees to Address the Workforce Shortage

If you are a local business struggling to find workers, one viable avenue to explore is hiring second chance employees; i.e. individuals who have...

The Value of the 1031 Like Kind Exchange Tax Code Part 2

I want to continue my discussion on the 1031 Like Kind Exchange and how this 100-year-old tax code is at-risk of being eliminated or...

Solutions to workforce shortage

As you stroll downtown Naperville or visit businesses throughout our region, you will likely see an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. This workforce shortage...

Is capping the 1031 Like Kind Exchange really ‘closing corporate loopholes’

There has been much discussion in Washington, D.C. in the last several months around “closing corporate loopholes” by removing or capping the hundred-year-old 1031...

Future of telehealth post-pandemic

I am fascinated with discussions speculating what forced changes during the pandemic will result in permanent changes in our modes of operating post-pandemic. For...

Litigation risks of businesses using biometric technologies

Biometrics are physical or behavioral human characteristics that can be used to digitally identify a person to grant access to systems, devices, or data....

Meet the candidates for the April 6 local election

As most would agree, there is a level of relief that the drama around the Nov. 2020 election is in our rearview mirror. However, we...

International Trade Exploration for Local Businesses

Around this time last year, I was writing about the recent passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and discussed resources for international trade for...

Tackling the complexities of affordable housing

The topic of affordable housing has been discussed for years in our city. Recently, a consulting firm conducted a housing study in Naperville from which...

Working from home and childcare

A survey the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) conducted in July 2020 indicated that 13% of our area employers were concerned about having...

Is brick and mortar retail dying or just making a course correction?

Naperville, historically, has been ranked top in retail sales in the Chicago Metropolitan suburbs. This remarkable success translates into significant tax revenues to support...

Business Works – Graduated income tax is not a good return on the investment

Below is the actual wording of the Graduate Income Tax referendum question that will be on your election ballot on November 3rd: “The proposed amendment...

Business Works – Graduated Income Tax November Ballot Referendum – Part Two

In last month’s article, we began our discussion on the November 3 ballot referendum proposal to change Illinois’ Constitution shifting from our current flat...

Business Works – Understanding Graduated Income Tax Proposal on the November Ballot – Part...

One of the decisions to be made by voters on the November 3 ballot is a referendum to change Illinois’ constitution shifting from our...

Business Works – Federal fixes to the PPP loan is a start but work...

Congress passed the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) Flexibility Act on June 4, 2020, which provided much needed technical fixes to the (PPP) guidelines.  For...

Business Works – ‘Strength lies in differences, not in similarities’

This is a favorite Stephen Covey quote of mine that speaks to some recent notable action happening inside our community. We are pleased to...

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