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Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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By David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside: CakeStyle

A Peek Inside: CakeStyle

CakeStyle is one of those space-age startups that seems so obvious in hindsight: After giving CakeStyle your fit and wardrobe needs, ladies can receive a box of hand-selected outfits in the mail. Anything... Read »

Monday, May 6, 2013 at 3:36 PM
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By David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside: The Stationery Studio

A Peek Inside: The Stationery Studio

From thestationerystudio.com: "The Stationery Studio began as a passion project and work of love for its entrepreneurial owner Renee Redman in 1994. At the time, the Chicago public relations executive and mother... Read »

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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By David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside: George the Salon

A Peek Inside: George the Salon

It’s a place with a funny-seeming name, but George the Salon on Hubbard in downtown Chicago is an establishment forged out of celebrity hairstylist/owner George Gonzalez’s many years of experience. George has... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

What Not to Wear at Networking Events: Men's Edition

What Not to Wear at Networking Events: Men's Edition

My last post was all about the ladies looking as smart on the outside as they are on the inside. Gentlemen, it is now your turn to take a hard look at your fashion game. Read »

Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Monique Péan

Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Monique Péan

There's a lot to wrap your mind around with the approaching Chicago Ideas Week, the weeklong invasion of super-smart and super-influential folks taking place at venues all over town from Oct. 8 to 14. We're... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Rachel Gillman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Run a Successful Chicago Spa

How to Run a Successful Chicago Spa

C.I. Luxury MedSpa Owner Dara Levy wanted to create a business that would meet her exacting standards as a customer. So, tapping into her personal preferences, Dara developed a medical spa focusing on effective... Read »

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:36 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Chicago Fashionista Brands are Going Green

How Chicago Fashionista Brands are Going Green

Green really is the new black, and Chicago's fashion scene is embracing this new trend. From eyewear to boots, our city has sustainable retail to thrill even the most hardcore style pros: Gone are the days where... Read »

Monday, Apr 30, 2012 at 8:38 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Get Kicked off Etsy

How to Get Kicked off Etsy

In some of my other writing gigs, I cross paths with many people who sell video game-inspired handmade goods on Etsy, the e-commerce website for handmade or vintage arts and crafts. The rule at the publication... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How Far Can Bosses Take At-Will Laws When Firing?

How Far Can Bosses Take At-Will Laws When Firing?

NBC Miami recently picked up the story of a Deerfield Beach law firm that laid off 14 employees for wearing orange shirts to work. I will repeat that: A Deerfield Beach law firm fired 14 of its workers for... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Akira Sold a $1,000 Gown in 30 Seconds

How Akira Sold a $1,000 Gown in 30 Seconds

Crain's recently wrote up a story so short and tidy about why you should use social media that it's practically a fable. Akira co-founder Erikka Wang told the publication about how her boutique -- which is known... 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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