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Tuesday, Sep 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM
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By Denise W. Barreto, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why You Should Learn to Say "No"

Why You Should Learn to Say

One of the toughest words to utilize in an entrepreneur’s vocabulary is "no." Yet it is one of the most important words for an entrepreneur to use -- and use regularly. Often known for overextending and burning... Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 3:45 PM
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By Jamal Jackson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Should You Safeguard Your Ideas with an NDA?

Should You Safeguard Your Ideas with an NDA?

When running a business, it’s critical to understand what assets you have and how to protect them. An asset is anything of economic value owned or controlled by a person/organization. Whether you're a new... Read »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:20 PM
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By Mike Muhney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Business Requires Fundamentals and Hail Marys

Business Requires Fundamentals and Hail Marys

Some argue that success is the result of hard work, while others believe that it all depends on a bit of luck. Regardless of what the motivational posters of the world would have you believe, true, lasting... Read »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 1:16 PM
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By Chris Campbell, Edited by: David Wolinsky

The Business Owner’s Guide to Spotting Fake Online Reviews

The Business Owner’s Guide to Spotting Fake Online Reviews

Online reviews are an incredibly influential type of content. Studies show that 85 percent of consumers read reviews to determine whether a business is good or not. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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By Melissa Flynn, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Survive Your Crunch Time

How to Survive Your Crunch Time

As any mom can tell you, life seems to be more of balancing act than achieving work-life balance. Trying to keep all the balls in the air and doing it well can be exhausting. Back to school time can add greatly... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:33 AM
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By Luke Tanen, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Chicago’s Large and Small Companies are Working Together

How Chicago’s Large and Small Companies are Working Together

There has been an explosion of entrepreneurship and start-up creation in Chicago over the past few years. At the same time, our region’s corporate behemoths continue to chug away, expanding into new markets and... Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Chris Ruys, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Small Biz Blogging, Labor Day-Style

Small Biz Blogging, Labor Day-Style

Heading to the beach for a long Labor Day weekend? Let’s face it: The last thing you want on your mini-vacation is to work. Don’t let your blog bog you down. Read »

Monday, Aug 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM
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By Kendrick Shope, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Assure Your Marketing Emails Get Read

How to Assure Your Marketing Emails Get Read

An email subject's importance can’t be overstated. It’s what determines if your email is going to be opened or headed for the delete pile. The selling phase starts with your email subject. If you get the subject... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:23 PM
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By Adam Fridman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Industrious: River North’s New Office Hive

Industrious: River North’s New Office Hive

When one thinks of stereotypical office life, stills from "The Office" may come to mind. You know: A drab, windowless workplace in a nondescript town filled with jaded employees toiling away at their... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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By Jamal Jackson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Entrepreneurial Intelligence: Starting Smarter by Planning for the End

Entrepreneurial Intelligence: Starting Smarter by Planning for the End

Starting a business with one or more partners is a lot like the beginning of any relationship: All parties’ hopes are high and all either one can see is a long-lasting, picturesque bond. During the honeymoon... 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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