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Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM
CEO Spotlight: Ifbyphone's Irv Shapiro

CEO Spotlight: Ifbyphone's Irv Shapiro

Ifbyphone founder discusses how his voice-based autmation company helps marketing and sales professionals take complete control of the voice engagement with their customers. Watch »

Friday, Apr 4, 2014 at 4:07 AM
SMS Assist's Mike Rothman

SMS Assist's Mike Rothman

SMS Assist's CEO discusses how his Chicago-based startup utilized cloud-based technology to revolutionize the service facilities industry. Watch »

Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:56 AM
CEO Spotlight: MSDS's Glenn Trout

CEO Spotlight: MSDS's Glenn Trout

President and CEO discusses how the Chicago-based company evolved from a dot com-based business into a health and safety compliance resource that works with some of the biggest companies in the world. Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Spotlight: Brad Wilson of BradsDeals.com

Spotlight: Brad Wilson of BradsDeals.com

Brad Wilson shares the secrets behind one of the most successful deal aggregation sites on the web. Watch »

Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013 at 7:41 PM
Spotlight: Cars.com's Bill Swislow

Spotlight: Cars.com's Bill Swislow

Cars.com's Chief Information Officer and Senior VP of Product discusses the rich content of the leading car-buying web site on the internet, the company's culture and how it continues to innovate in a constantly... Watch »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:03 AM
Spotlight: Ticketmaster Resale's Julia Vander Ploegh

Spotlight: Ticketmaster Resale's Julia Vander Ploegh

General manager discusses how Ticketmaster is evolving its resale properties to make a safer and more efficient system to buy and sell tickets online. Watch »

Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM
CEO Spotlight: Branchfire's Ravi Bhatt

CEO Spotlight: Branchfire's Ravi Bhatt

Branchfire's Ravi Bhatt discusses how his company launched in the right place at the right time, the effectiveness of its iAnnotate software and plans for future growth. Watch »

Thursday, Apr 25, 2013 at 6:42 PM
Spotlight: Redbox Instant's Amy Gibby

Spotlight: Redbox Instant's Amy Gibby

Redbox Instant's Chief Marketing Officer discusses what drew her to join the company and how it's positioning itself in a competitive industry with constantly changing technology. Watch »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Spotlight: Baird Capital Venture Partners

Spotlight: Baird Capital Venture Partners

Baird Capital partners Benedict Rocchio and James Pavlik discuss the process behind identifying companies to invest in, companies they're excited about and the outlook for Chicago's business scene. Watch »

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 12:38 PM
Spotlight: Discover Card's Mike Boush

Spotlight: Discover Card's Mike Boush

The VP of E-Business at Discover Financial Services discusses how the company is using technology and partnerships to differentiate itself in a competitive industry. Watch »

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Daily Deals

Daily Deals

Learn from the original daily deals site, Groupon.

Pets

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...

Social Media

Social Media

Social media offers traditional business minds a 12-6 curve ball. But we can help.

Fashion

Fashion

There are plenty of questions for a fledgling fashionista to answer. Never fear: We've got the goods.

Marketing

Marketing

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

Food Business

Food Business

Experts say 90 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year of operation. You want to be the 10 percent that makes it. But how?

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Kim Vatis Kim Vatis joined NBC5 News in 1997. She currently Anchors the weekend morning newscasts, is general assignment reporter and special projects reporter for the 10 PM newscasts.
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