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Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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By Marcy Twete, Edited by: David Wolinsky

It’s All About the Money, and Other Hidden Secrets of Every Industry

It’s All About the Money, and Other Hidden Secrets of Every Industry

When you start a business, coaches, advisers and consultants talk a big game about values, principles, mission statements and the like. But as an entrepreneur who regularly refers to my business as one in the... Read »

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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By Steve Robinson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

What to Know Before You Quit Your Job

What to Know Before You Quit Your Job

Ah, the lure of being your own boss -- the freedom, the flexibility, and frankly, the fear. If you’re seriously considering joining the swelling ranks of the self-employed, you already know that you need a solid... Read »

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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By Mike Sprouse, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Branding Matters in 2013

Why Branding Matters in 2013

Fifteen years ago, branding was a lot simpler than it is today. New businesses were more difficult to start. There were no social networks. There were no review sites like Yelp where people could discuss a... Read »

Monday, Sep 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Get Your Business Ranking on Tripadvisor

How to Get Your Business Ranking on Tripadvisor

Do you know that TripAdvisor has more than 100 million reviews? That’s more than any other community-based online review site. The reviews cover customer opinions about restaurants, travel destinations,... Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM
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By Steve Robinson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How To Troubleshoot Your Email Marketing Campaigns

How To Troubleshoot Your Email Marketing Campaigns

For a lot of small businesses, the last quarter of the year drives the bulk of annual sales. This is why many of you have already lined up your end-of-year marketing campaigns. While you go over the details... Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26 PM
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By Adam Fridman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

My Biggest Takeaway from Social Media Week

My Biggest Takeaway from Social Media Week

Social Media Week is winding down, alas. It has been host to 185 different events focused around different aspects of social media, ranging from sports media, SEO, content marketing, social media in... Read »

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Jamal Jackson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Are You Misclassifying Your Employees?

Are You Misclassifying Your Employees?

Since the economic downturn began in 2008, companies have been creatively looking to "trim the fat" when it comes to expenses. The recession, coupled with increased business regulations and health care reform... Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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By Richard Ueberfluss, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Grand Openings Don’t Need to be Grand

Why Grand Openings Don’t Need to be Grand

When you start your own business, there is a natural temptation to trumpet your accomplishment to the world. Historically, the “go to” tactic was the grand opening celebration. This is still an accepted... Read »

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 3:29 PM
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By Claire Cretors, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Working with Family: Three Generations of Advice

Working with Family: Three Generations of Advice

Being the daughter half of the mother and daughter team running a leading national snack manufacturing organization, I often get asked “How do you make working with family work?" Working in a family business... Read »

Monday, Sep 16, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By April Neill, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Branding Yourself as an Industry Expert is Good for Business

Why Branding Yourself as an Industry Expert is Good for Business

Being perceived as the go-to expert in your field is an important part of running a small business. When people see you as an expert, they are more likely to come to you for advice or when they’re ready to hire... 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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