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Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Is It Ever Illegal to Have an Office Dog?

Is It Ever Illegal to Have an Office Dog?

Part of the appeal of startups and small businesses is that they can have unusual offices — and one of the shorthandiest ways of communicating, “Hey, we’re different!” is to have an office dog. A little pooch... Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:01 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Small Businesses Favor Twitter Over Facebook: Survey

Small Businesses Favor Twitter Over Facebook: Survey

Recently, I have found myself back on Facebook. Whenever people find out I don’t use Facebook, they react with great shock and disgust — and maybe just a smidge of jealousy. I’ve climbed back onto it to help... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Kind of Worker Are You?

What Kind of Worker Are You?

Generally, I don’t really care about labels. I don’t care if someone describes themselves as “type A” or this ’n’ that. I find it obnoxious if someone requests I fill out a personality survey before we... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Startups To Sell Subsidized Health Insurance

Startups To Sell Subsidized Health Insurance

Chicago-based GoHealth joins the ranks of also-local ConnectedHealth and California’s eHealth of companies that have earned the federal government’s permission to sell subsidized health plans. According to a... Read »

Monday, Aug 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How Does Health Insurance Work as a Freelancer?

How Does Health Insurance Work as a Freelancer?

Surely you’ve heard the phrase “the grass is always greener,” yes? I dredge up the cliché whenever I giving a talk on this whole freelance writing thing I do for a living as most attendees want to quit their day... Read »

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 at 7:27 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Unemployed Too Scared to Start Their Own Biz: Study

Unemployed Too Scared to Start Their Own Biz: Study

The joyfully named consultancy firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas has just released a study indicating that while, yes, “the percentage of job seekers starting their own businesses increased by 33 percent in the... Read »

Friday, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:45 AM
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By David Wolinsky

2 Chicago Companies Among Toughest Job Interviewers

2 Chicago Companies Among Toughest Job Interviewers

Chicago’s Thoughtworks and ZS Associates were named among Glassdoor’s top 25 most difficult companies to interview for, according to the anonymous online company reviews site. 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 1:03 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why You Should Leave the Future Alone

Why You Should Leave the Future Alone

Expect the unexpected. There are tons of clichés to this effect, but very few of us act like it applies to us. This comes to mind on the back of a recent excerpt fastcoexist.com from Mitch Joel’s new book, “Ctrl... 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 »

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Daily Deals

Daily Deals

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Pets

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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...

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Social Media

Social media offers traditional business minds a 12-6 curve ball. But we can help.

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Fashion

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Marketing

Good luck making a dent in the public conscience if you don't have marketing and branding plan to get your message out.

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Food Business

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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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