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Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 4:35 PM
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By John Rood, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Your Business is about Systems: Here's How to Improve Them

Your Business is about Systems: Here's How to Improve Them

For me, our current phase of growth (from micro-mini business to small business) has been even more challenging than starting up. I think the reason is that as we started, so much of what we did in our test prep... Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:09 PM
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By Dana Kaye, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Write a Proposal

How to Write a Proposal

When you provide a service – whether you’re a contractor, web designer, or general consultant – proposals are a necessary tool to secure new clients. I haven’t met any small business owner who enjoys writing... Read »

Thursday, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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By Rebecca Otis, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Measure Social ROI

How to Measure Social ROI

Social media has become a necessary component of almost any marketing plan. But, not all small businesses have the social media resources (time, budget, or professional support) to grow their brand, promote... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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By Richard Ueberfluss, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Should You Franchise or Go Solo?

Should You Franchise or Go Solo?

When I decided to start my own business, even with a broad business background, I had to determine if I had the skills required to put out a shingle and open my doors for business. It didn’t take me long to... Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:53 PM
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By Adam Clemence, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Choose Your Social Media Voice

How to Choose Your Social Media Voice

All writers, comedians, and orators need to “find their voice.” The same is true for social media platforms, especially if you’re looking to drive engagement. As I’ve learned during my time running social media... Read »

Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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By Stephanie Mansour, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why You Should Delegate Your Weaknesses

Why You Should Delegate Your Weaknesses

When you’re starting a business, the term “delegate” can cause you to cringe. As a business owner, you want your hands to be in everything. From personally answering every email to ordering business cards... Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM
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By Nina Interlandi-Bell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why You Should Pick Your Social Media Battles

Why You Should Pick Your Social Media Battles

The Internet: simultaneously exciting and exhausting, useful and useless. Social media, in particular, is a hot topic these days for businesses large and small. You can try to tackle it all yourself, slough... Read »

Friday, Oct 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM
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By Nina Interlandi Bell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Should You Re-Evaluate Your Routine?

Should You Re-Evaluate Your Routine?

One of the reasons a lot of us get into business ownership is that we want control: control over our schedules, control over what we work on and control over our destinies. That's the theory, anyway. In reality,... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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By Mike Muhney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Whatever You Do, You're in Sales (and that's OK)

Whatever You Do, You're in Sales (and that's OK)

Any successful salesperson will tell you that “sales” is about relationships. And more often than not, the better your relationships, the better your sales. But what about professionals without the word "sales"... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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By Jennifer Fortney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why You Need to be Telling Your Story, Not Selling

Why You Need to be Telling Your Story, Not Selling

It’s no surprise that over my years in journalism and public relations I have watched a lot change. And I mean a lot. There was a time when it really truly mattered who I knew in the media, and while those... 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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