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Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM
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By David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside: Echo Global Logistics

A Peek Inside: Echo Global Logistics

Echo Global Logistics sounds like it might be the shell corporation for a James Bond villain's shady dealings, but the Chicago-based company actually up to something far more altruistic: It's a leading provider... 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 »

Friday, Sep 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Chicago Ideas Week Profiles: Draftfcb: Beyond the Screen

Chicago Ideas Week Profiles: Draftfcb: Beyond the Screen

Chicago Ideas Week is coming back once again, and the third time around we’re all hopefully more savvy about the event and what it offers. But nobody’s an expert, and nobody can be expected to catch possibly... 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 »

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Why It Might Be Time To Ditch the Hashtag

Why It Might Be Time To Ditch the Hashtag

According to a new study, 75 percent of social media users use hashtags. If you don’t know, hashtags are phrases or words prefixed with the # symbol, which is a way to group such information — for example,... 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 8:01 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 27, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Should You Sell Directly Through YouTube?

Should You Sell Directly Through YouTube?

Multi-channel network and YouTube technology partner ZEFR is teaming up with Fuisz Media Group to bring the latter’s “patented pixel technology” to YouTube. All these names and vague terms may sound like a... Read »

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Go to There: Bloggers Meet Startups

Go to There: Bloggers Meet Startups

You’re gonna have to hurry, as there are only a handful of tickets left, but there’s a pretty neat shindig going down at Next Door come Sept. 10. Local Internet marketer Scott Winterroth, who works with... 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 »

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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.

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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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