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Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Bring the Sizzle to Client Holiday-Gift Giving

How to Bring the Sizzle to Client Holiday-Gift Giving

‘Tis the season to show a bit of client appreciation, and nothing brings the warm and fuzzies like a good gift. But what to buy? Assuming you have built a relationship with the client, think back over your... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 11:34 PM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

The Power of Partnerships

The Power of Partnerships

There is nothing wrong with wanting to excel, but it does not have to be to your detriment. Adding people to the payroll does not have to be the only solution -- partnerships are a great way to temporarily... Read »

Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Make Your Sponsorships Sing: Guest

How to Make Your Sponsorships Sing: Guest

Jetta Bates-Vasilatos looks back at her time as a PR hustler and gives you the benefit of her experience with this list of how to make sponsorships a screaming success. Read »

Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to do Hospitality Right: Guest

How to do Hospitality Right: Guest

Inspired by a recent business trip, Jetta Bates-Vasilatos reflects on how companies can make their customers feel special. Read »

Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Fashion's Night Out Favorites: Guest

Fashion's Night Out Favorites: Guest

Jetta Bates-Vasilatos hits the fashioned-themed retail bacchanalia and picks the stores that did it proud. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

7 Money-Saving Business Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs: Guest

7 Money-Saving Business Travel Tips for Entrepreneurs: Guest

Guest writer Jetta Bates-Vasilatos helps you pinch those pinchable pennies even further. Read »

Monday, Aug 15, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Survival Skills for New (and Not So New) Entrepreneurs: Guest

Survival Skills for New (and Not So New) Entrepreneurs: Guest

Jetta Bates-Vasilatos consults an executive coach to deliver a list of 10 ways to get your new business into fighting shape. Read »

Monday, Aug 8, 2011 at 11:40 AM
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By Jetta Bates-Vasilatos, Edited by: David Wolinsky

The Art of Consumer Engagement (or How to Make Them Notice): Guest

The Art of Consumer Engagement (or How to Make Them Notice): Guest

Jetta Bates-Vasilatos breaks down why some advertising and corporate events just work. 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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