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Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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By Steve Robinson

Entrepreneurs Show Off Their Marketing Prowess

Entrepreneurs Show Off Their Marketing Prowess

Since there’s a lot to be gained from looking at what other entrepreneurs are doing to engage their customers, here are four great examples of Chicago businesses embracing email and social media. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin Paywall

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin Paywall

The ChicagoSun-Times, as part of a partnership with startup Bitwall, is set to test a “social paywall” next month. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:31 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Threadless Closes Store, Cuts Jobs

Threadless Closes Store, Cuts Jobs

Threadless has reportedly closed its Lakeview store and laid off more than one-fourth of its staff. Read »

Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:11 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Giordano's Debuts New Restaurant, Plans 5 More

Giordano's Debuts New Restaurant, Plans 5 More

Giordano’s has opened a new location in Chicago’s South Loop, the first new location since the pizza chain filed for bankruptcy in 2011. Read »

Friday, Jan 10, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Survive Chiberia? Brag With a Sweatshirt

Survive Chiberia? Brag With a Sweatshirt

Bernie DiMeo, the founder of Rocco Shirts, offers this advice to small business: timeliness is everything. Read »

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 at 7:17 PM
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By Inc. Well Staff
      

Shoppers Bid Farewell to Chicago-Area Dominick's Stores

Dozens of Dominick's stores in the Chicago area closed Saturday, leaving thousands of employees out of work and many more shoppers missing their preferred supermarkets. Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Dominick's Workers 'Thank' Safeway in YouTube Parody

Dominick's Workers 'Thank' Safeway in YouTube Parody

Some Chicago area Dominick’s workers have left a “thank you” note for the grocery chain as dozens of stores close their doors in the city. Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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By Inc.Well Staff
      

Last Call For Many Chicago-Area Dominick's Stores

Get your Dominick's fix while you can. The grocery chain's 72 stores marked for closure will shut their doors for good on Saturday, leaving an estimated 6,000 workers without a job. Read »

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern
      

Residents Host Goodbye Party For Dominick's Workers

Customers are finding it very hard to say goodbye to the workers at Dominick's. Read »

Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 6:39 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Independent Grocers Looking to Buy 10 Dominick's Stores

Independent Grocers Looking to Buy 10 Dominick's Stores

Independent grocery chains associated with Centrella cooperative are reportedly looking to buy up to 10 Dominick’s stores. Read »

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