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Friday, Mar 1, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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By Rachel Gillman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How (and Why) Two Moms Built a Granola Business

How (and Why) Two Moms Built a Granola Business

Motherhood can be a full-time job, but Chicago moms Mandy Fayne and Kim Strauss decided to add “entrepreneurs” to their resumes. Less than a year ago, they turned Mandy’s healthy homemade granola recipe into... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Guy Fieri Can Teach You About Buying Domains

What Guy Fieri Can Teach You About Buying Domains

In my experience, everyone loves Guy Fieri. Either you love him and his ridiculous TV show ironically, or you sincerely appreciate him going to out-of-the-way greasy restaurants and occasionally “exotic” places... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM
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By Danny Wurst, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Yelp's Guide to Responding to Negative Feedback

Yelp's Guide to Responding to Negative Feedback

A recent sketch on the IFC show Portlandia highlighted a humorous series of events that began when bookstore owners Toni and Candace discovered they have a dreaded one-star review on Yelp. After scouring the... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Groupon Might Be On The Rebound

Why Groupon Might Be On The Rebound

A few things happened last week in Castle Groupon that lead to many in the media saying they are optimistic about the daily deal giant’s future. Before we dip into the reasons for this newfound enthusiasm,... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Jon Porter, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Engage Your Audience on Social Media

How to Engage Your Audience on Social Media

A common mistake small businesses make is jumping in full force in social media before defining what their goals should be for each platform. The lure of Facebook and Twitter are so appealing because they are... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

4 Myths About the Impact of Online Reviews on Business

4 Myths About the Impact of Online Reviews on Business

With sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, Foursquare and Google+ Local, consumers rely more than ever on online reviews to make better purchase decisions. It’s no surprise that these reviews are also directly impacting... Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Shiftgig's Jeff Pieta on How to Hire Smarter

Shiftgig's Jeff Pieta on How to Hire Smarter

You know how it's pretty difficult to find a job when you already have one? Well, it's also pretty tough to satisfactorily fill a job, too, because it's a huge time-suck that has no shortcuts on either side. So... Read »

Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Terlato Wines' CEO on Watching Your Competition

Terlato Wines' CEO on Watching Your Competition

There's a lot to keep your watchful eye on when you're running your own business. But something to not overlook is your competition -- it can blindside you or even lead to unexpected collaborations or... Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Restaurateurs Can Get Started with Their Online Marketing

How Restaurateurs Can Get Started with Their Online Marketing

A strong, persuasive online presence can spell success for your restaurant. According to Search Engine Land, 85 percent of consumers use the Internet to find local businesses. This makes it critical for you... Read »

Sunday, Dec 9, 2012 at 6:28 AM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Encourage Positive Online Reviews

How to Encourage Positive Online Reviews

More than ever, customers are posting online reviews and rants, which, in turn, can make or break a business. According to a recent Harvard study, a one-star Yelp rating increase can boost revenues by five to... Read »

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What We Cover
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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