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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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By Rebecca Otis

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

Small businesses are often started by someone who has an idea, runs with it, and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. For example, they will set up a Facebook page, then ask an employee, friend, or... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Facebook's Loss of Users Means For You

What Facebook's Loss of Users Means For You

In case you had not heard, Facebook has been losing millions of users per month in its biggest markets, according to Business Insider, which, in turn, is citing “independent data.” It’s hard to get a feel for... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Local Lawsuit Against Facebook Goes to Trial in April

Local Lawsuit Against Facebook Goes to Trial in April

Back in late 2011, Timelines Inc., a small local company that claims to be “the first web site that enables people... like you to collaboratively record, discover and share history,” sued Facebook, claiming the... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Facebook’s Newly Refined Geotargeted Ads Affect Your Biz

How Facebook’s Newly Refined Geotargeted Ads Affect Your Biz

On Friday, Facebook announced admins for Pages can now target their posts by gender, relationship status, education, workplace and what they’re interested in. Previous to this, they could only target based on... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Law Puts Employers on "Limited Profile"

Law Puts Employers on

Employers to be prohibited from asking for passwords to social networking sites. Read »

Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Gov. Quinn to Outlaw Employers Requesting Social-Media Passwords

Gov. Quinn to Outlaw Employers Requesting Social-Media Passwords

Remember that blow-up a few months back about how employers were starting to ask potential hires for their social-media passwords? And how Facebook thought people shouldn't have to? Well, that battle is all but... Read »

Friday, May 4, 2012 at 1:37 AM
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By BJ Lutz

Facebook IPO to Come Through Chicago

Facebook IPO to Come Through Chicago

Company executives will hit the road on a two-week national tour in advance of social networking giant's IPO. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012 at 11:51 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Not be Annoying on Facebook

How to Not be Annoying on Facebook

A while back, CNN -- and many other publications, in fact -- ran a piece called "the 12 most annoying types of Facebookers". When it comes to mapping this onto entrepreneurs, the one type of user you don't want... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Groupon Unveils Clicky, its New Facebook Thing

Groupon Unveils Clicky, its New Facebook Thing

Never to be outdone, Groupon has rolled up its sleeves decided to get into the, er, Facebook-game game. In a post on Groublogpon, the company proudly unveils Clicky, The Clickable Value-Wheel. Here's how it... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Assure You're Making an Impact on Social Media

How to Assure You're Making an Impact on Social Media

Even though we told you not to make any New Year's resolutions when it comes to running your business, we know that you know better. And it being the 21st century, it's probably a safe bet you want to finally... 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.

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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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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