The editorial mission of SmallBizChicago.com is to provide engaging content to inform, educate and inspire small and mid-size businesses in the Chicago area and beyond. We offer practical news on topics of interest to entrepreneurs, small business owners, executives at mid-size companies, as well as those aspiring to start a business and those serving small and mid-size businesses. It’s a large, diverse target market, as the U.S. Small Business Administration reports about 98 percent of Illinois’ employers are small and mid-size companies with 500 employees or fewer. Most paid assignments are given to writers with professional journalism experience. Payment varies by assignment. Nonpaid contributions from experts in a given field are accepted at the editors’ discretion.