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Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM
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By Rebecca Otis

Smart Setup for Online Business Profiles

Smart Setup for Online Business Profiles

Your digital accounts, whether private like email accounts or public like social ones, help with productivity and help you communicate better if you use them correctly. So, how can you set up digital accounts... Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM
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By Steve Robinson

The Downside of Social Media Success

The Downside of Social Media Success

Believe it or not, there is a dark side to acquiring a mass of fans, friends and followers on social media. To keep you out of the dark, here are three of the biggest traps of social media success and how to... Read »

Thursday, Mar 13, 2014 at 2:53 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago-Based Calumet Photographic Shutters U.S. Stores

Chicago-Based Calumet Photographic Shutters U.S. Stores

A Chicago-based photography store has closed its doors and filed for Chapter 7 liquidation. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 12:24 PM
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By Inc. Well Staff
      

Smartphone App Lets Users Fight Hate Crimes

The CombatHate App, available for iOS and Android, allows users to anonymously record and report incidents to law enforcement. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Inc.Well Staff

U of C Tops Northwestern in Business Grad School Rankings

U of C Tops Northwestern in Business Grad School Rankings

Two Illinois business schools swapped spots in this year's U.S. News & World Report ranking of best graduate schools in the country. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Facility to Promote Chicago's Women-Owned Tech Startups

Facility to Promote Chicago's Women-Owned Tech Startups

Women in Chicago’s tech world will soon have a new opportunity. Read »

Tuesday, Mar 11, 2014 at 10:09 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Ranked No. 7 For Hardest Working Cities: Report

Chicago Ranked No. 7 For Hardest Working Cities: Report

Chicago might be “the city that works,” but according to a recent study, it’s not the hardest working. Read »

Friday, Mar 7, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Colleen Connolly & Alexandria Fisher

Gossip App Disabled After Chicago Schools Cite Bully Behavior

Gossip App Disabled After Chicago Schools Cite Bully Behavior

The anonymous Twitter-like social app Yik Yak sparked controversy when reports emerged that it was being used for bullying. Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 3:50 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jewel-Osco Buys 5 More Chicago-Area Dominick's Stores

Jewel-Osco Buys 5 More Chicago-Area Dominick's Stores

Jewel-Osco’s parent company is buying five more Dominick's locations in the Chicago area, the company announced Thursday. Read »

Thursday, Mar 6, 2014 at 4:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Oscar Mayer Lets You "Wake Up and Smell the Bacon"

With a new iPhone device from Oscar Mayer, bacon lovers can wake up to the smell and sound of sizzling bacon. Read »

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Daily Deals

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Pets

Some officials have estimated the City of Chicago's dog population to be somewhere around 500,000. Add in all the cats, fish and birds and you've got yourself an industry just begging -- and barking -- to be...

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Social Media

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Fashion

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Good luck making a dent in the public conscience if you don't have marketing and branding plan to get your message out.

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Food Business

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