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Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Is the Cold Call Stone-Cold Dead?

Is the Cold Call Stone-Cold Dead?

Like it or not, we live in a time where people are legitimately annoyed to get calls on their smart phones. And some offices don’t even have land lines anymore, particularly if you’re a fledgling startup. Read »

Saturday, Sep 3, 2011 at 12:16 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Efficiently Conduct Reference Checks

How to Efficiently Conduct Reference Checks

It's a potentially awkward part of the hiring process, but here are some ways to make it more painless. Read »

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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.

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Fashion

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Marketing

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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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David Wolinsky David Wolinsky is a freelance writer, lifelong Chicagoan, and reasonably handsome business-study scion.
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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