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Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Simon Majumdar

Who to Watch at Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Simon Majumdar

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 »

Friday, Sep 21, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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By Nick Sarillo, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why a Little Crazy is OK

Why a Little Crazy is OK

Everyone told me writing a book while running my businesses would be crazy. It’s not the first time I’ve been called crazy and probably won’t be the last. To me, what’s crazy is for anyone to do something... Read »

Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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By David Wolinsky
      

Why Sprinkles Cupcakes Now Has a Cupcake ATM

Chicago might still be weird about food trucks, but that isn't stopping us from cooking up more inventive ways of distributing food to customers who want it. Sprinkles Cupcakes is leading the charge on a more... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 7:57 PM
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By Danny Wurst, Edited by: David Wolinsky

What Local Biz Owners Should Know about Yelp’s Free Reporting Tools

What Local Biz Owners Should Know about Yelp’s Free Reporting Tools

Did you know that in the second quarter of 2012, Yelp had an average of 78 million monthly unique visitors, and the mobile app was used on approximately 7.2 million unique devices per month during the same... Read »

Monday, Sep 17, 2012 at 9:13 AM
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By Rachel Gillman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Hannah’s Bretzel's Founder Went From Ad Man to Restaurateur

How Hannah’s Bretzel's Founder Went From Ad Man to Restaurateur

When Florian Pfahler launched the first Hannah’s Bretzel in 2005, he had never worked in a restaurant. Although it was unfamiliar territory, he leveraged his marketing background and entrepreneurial spirit to... Read »

Friday, Sep 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Demystifying Food Drives with The Publican

Demystifying Food Drives with The Publican

You don't have to wait for the holidays to start to get in the giving spirit. Trendy West Loop restaurant The Publican, since opening in fall 2008, has hosted a food drive every quarter of the year, and its next... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 4, 2012 at 11:36 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Pizza Patrón on Cracking Chicago's Hispanic Pizza Market

Pizza Patrón on Cracking Chicago's Hispanic Pizza Market

It's risky to eat pizza every day of your life, and riskier still to attempt to make a living on selling pizza every day to those who scarf it down. Especially in Chicago. Deep-dish, thin crust or whatever, it's... Read »

Thursday, Aug 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Find Your Niche within a Niche

How to Find Your Niche within a Niche

Niches are a bit like Russian nesting dolls in that some are certainly more exotic than others, and some are exploited merely to fit in among bigger ones just because there's an opening. Marshall Rader,... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How Ronald Scott Cut His Slice of the Pizza Biz

How Ronald Scott Cut His Slice of the Pizza Biz

You never can tell when when an idea might lightning bolt itself into existence in your mind. For Ronald Scott, a Chicago-area lawyer who caught the entrepreneurial bug in 2004, it came in 2009. By then,... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Should You Respond to YouTube Reviews?

Should You Respond to YouTube Reviews?

The Internet is great. There’s no debating that. And thanks to the first amendment, anyone can say anything they want on here, meaning they can also discuss your brand and give their reviews on video, post it to... 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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