Inc Well | Small Business Advice for Chicago Entrepreneurs
A how-to blog for Chicago business
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 at 2:31 PM
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By Kendrick Shope, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Sell More (Really)

How to Sell More (Really)

It’s my favorite time of year: the start of football season! I’m always amazed when listening to sports commentators discuss football. They seem to have a statistic for anything imaginable. We can learn... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM
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By Marcy Twete, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Success: Journey or Destination?

Success: Journey or Destination?

Every entrepreneur at some point has heard the quote: “Success is a journey, not a destination.” Easy advice for the successful, but not always fun to hear when you’re feeling less than happy about your... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM
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By Denise W. Barreto, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Get a Leg Up in the Budget Dance for 2014

How to Get a Leg Up in the Budget Dance for 2014

As we groove on through Q3 of 2013, the planning for 2014 is in full force. Regardless the industry or function your business serves, it is the time of year to prepare for next year’s engagements. As... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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By April Neill, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Overcome Entrepreneurial Fear, Doubt and Procrastination

How to Overcome Entrepreneurial Fear, Doubt and Procrastination

As a small-business owner, your success depends on your ability to handle ongoing challenges including finding the right market-fit and acquiring new business, to name a few. But oftentimes the biggest obstacles... Read »

Monday, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM
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By Steve Robinson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Kick Start 2013 Year-End Success Today

How to Kick Start 2013 Year-End Success Today

Labor Day is right around the corner, which means the busiest season for many small businesses is not far behind. The investments you make it your marketing efforts today determines the results you’ll achieve... Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:55 PM
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By Mike Muhney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Social Media Can't Save Everything

Why Social Media Can't Save Everything

Social is the new normal, as experts suggest and the masses demonstrate, and it operates on an even more precious commodity than exposure. That currency is trust. While advancements bring new opportunities, they... Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 4:10 PM
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By Zack Price, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why You Should Bootstrap Like Apple

Why You Should Bootstrap Like Apple

Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started building computers in Jobs’ parents garage way back in the 1970’s. Free office and warehouse space. Ya can’t beat it. So why do you need something better? Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 11:31 AM
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By Dana Kaye, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why In-Person Meetings are Always, Always Best

Why In-Person Meetings are Always, Always Best

As a twentysomething publicist and marketing strategist, my life is digital. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest and Reddit. I Skype rather than call, send emails instead of letters and get... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM
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By Marcy Twete, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Interns Leaving? Here’s What You Should Do to Say Goodbye

Interns Leaving? Here’s What You Should Do to Say Goodbye

With the end of summer comes the end of summer interns in offices everywhere. For many businesses, especially start-ups, summer interns are key players. My own business has been significantly improved this... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 31, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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By Jennifer Fortney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Tradeshow PR: Driving Media to Your Booth

Tradeshow PR: Driving Media to Your Booth

I recently returned from attending a tradeshow with a client and it got me thinking about the importance and opportunity that kind of event provides for startups and small businesses. Sure you want to meet... Read »

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NBC Chicago's "How-To" start up blog aims to help your entrepreneurial idea germinate and grow into a fully functioning business. Lean on our experts, ask questions and find out best practices to take your passion project professional.

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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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Authors
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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