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Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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By Jennifer Fortney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside: Funding Feeding Frenzy

A Peek Inside: Funding Feeding Frenzy

The Funding Feeding Frenzy is Chicago incubator VentureSHOT's day-long event intended to give local startups the opportunity to demo their product or service. A select number are given the chance to pitch to... Read »

Friday, Jul 20, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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By Jill Salzman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Get Your Small Biz Funded

How to Get Your Small Biz Funded

Very few of us think about the possibility of getting funded when we launch our companies. And once we figure out that we need money to help our companies grow or scale, most of us don't know where to start.... Read »

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 5:24 PM
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By Melissa Flynn, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Jumpstart Your Business with a Small Business Improvement Fund

How to Jumpstart Your Business with a Small Business Improvement Fund

“Money is tight!” seems to be the battle cry of every small business owner. Everyone is trying to do more with less luckily there are still some programs out there that can help. One such program is called... Read »

Friday, Jun 22, 2012 at 1:13 PM
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By Jabez LeBret, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Get Angel Funding

How to Get Angel Funding

Capital is key to any businesses growth, and we know getting capital can be difficult. One angle you should be researching is finding an angel investor to infuse cash into the growth of your business. To find... Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:40 AM
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By Carlise Newman

Groupon Watch: Lightbank's $3 Million Bet

Groupon Watch: Lightbank's $3 Million Bet

Groupon founders' Lightbank invests $3 million in education website, and mutual funds are feeling the burn from the delayed IPO. Read »

Friday, Aug 26, 2011 at 4:47 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Chicago VC Market Lags

Chicago VC Market Lags

Some new data released reveals it might be time for us to roll up our sleeves and work harder. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2011 at 2:20 PM
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By Carlise Newman

Startup Activity Lower Than Post-Bubble 2001: Report

Startup Activity Lower Than Post-Bubble 2001: Report

Startup activity fell to its lowest in history of tracking this year, as funding is still tough to get. Read »

Monday, Aug 8, 2011 at 1:40 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Get Funding

How to Get Funding

Questions to ask yourself and your investors to help your dream become a reality, realistically. Read »

Thursday, Jul 7, 2011 at 11:25 PM
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By Carlise Newman

Chicago Startup CUE Raises $7 mil in VC

Chicago Startup CUE Raises $7 mil in VC

Green startup Clean Urban Energy raised $7 million in VC money for its energy-storage software. Read »

Thursday, Jun 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM
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By Carlise Newman

How to Use Retirement Funds for a Startup

How to Use Retirement Funds for a Startup

Out of options? How to tap into your retirement savings to fund your start-up venture. 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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