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Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Combat the Challenges of Production When You're a DIY Operation

How to Combat the Challenges of Production When You're a DIY Operation

Everyone sells something. It's silly to pretend we don't. It might be a product, it might be a service or it might be yourself on a job interview. In some ways, though, selling a product is the hardest of all... Read »

Monday, Oct 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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By Jill Salzman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Online Productivity Tool IFTTT Can Speed Up your Business

How Online Productivity Tool IFTTT Can Speed Up your Business

IFTTT will change your life. So will your attempts to recommend it to your friends: There's no easy explanation for this website. You have to dive in and try it to make sense of it yourself. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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By Jabez LeBret, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Create Simple, Short Videos for your Business

How to Create Simple, Short Videos for your Business

Creating videos may seem like a daunting task, so here is a quick guide to creating 21 amazing videos for less than a grand. Businesses get stuck on the misconception that videos should either be produced by an... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Manning Productions on Using New Media to Reach Niche Audiences

Manning Productions on Using New Media to Reach Niche Audiences

Unfortunately, there isn't really a non-stodgy way of introducing a full-service, digital creative agency, but Chicago's Manning Productions, founded in 1985 comes awful close: "we're an agency that uses design... Read »

Monday, Nov 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why You Shouldn't Block Shopping Sites for the Holidays

Why You Shouldn't Block Shopping Sites for the Holidays

Thinking of blocking certain sites at your office to prevent your employees from doing their holiday shopping on your dime? According to a new study by Robert Half Technology, you wouldn't be alone: 60... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011 at 6:16 PM
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By Christy Dimond

PHOTOS: The Wackiest Ways to Promote Your Brand

What do a motorized cooler, the sole of a flip-flop, and a guitar-playing t-shirt... See Full Gallery »

Friday, Jul 15, 2011 at 3:55 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Hidden Benefits, Challenges in Selling a Green Product

Hidden Benefits, Challenges in Selling a Green Product

Allyson Beaton of Grow Books Press, a manufacturer of eco-friendly kid's books, reflects on her difficulties and successes. Read »

Friday, Jun 17, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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By Carlise Newman

Why Vacations are Good for Entrepreneurs

Why Vacations are Good for Entrepreneurs

Small business owners rarely take vacations. Here are reasons to take off once in a while. 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...

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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

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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