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Thursday, Jan 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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By Rebecca Otis

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

5 Reasons Not to Abandon An Online Profile

Small businesses are often started by someone who has an idea, runs with it, and will do whatever it takes to make it happen. For example, they will set up a Facebook page, then ask an employee, friend, or... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Unveils New Online Tools for Small Businesses

Chicago Unveils New Online Tools for Small Businesses

The city of Chicago is looking to make things easier for small business owners. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 9:43 AM
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By Steve Robinson

Entrepreneurs Show Off Their Marketing Prowess

Entrepreneurs Show Off Their Marketing Prowess

Since there’s a lot to be gained from looking at what other entrepreneurs are doing to engage their customers, here are four great examples of Chicago businesses embracing email and social media. Read »

Saturday, Nov 30, 2013 at 6:21 PM
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By Regina Waldroup
      

Small Business Saturday a Big Hit in Chicago

Big box stores have had their doors open since Thanksgiving, offering deep discounts, but Saturday, “mom and pop” stores were hoping to cash in on the holiday shopping bonanza. Read »

Friday, Nov 29, 2013 at 2:45 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Running Stores on Small Business Saturday

Running Stores on Small Business Saturday

Check out these participating retailers for running-related holiday gifts on Small Business Saturday. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

How to Shop Small During the Holiday Season

How to Shop Small During the Holiday Season

You don't have to think big when it comes to the holiday season shopping frenzy. At least that's what participants in Small Business Saturday are saying. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:50 PM
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By Jenny Westerkamp

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Local for Your Holiday Meals

Top 3 Reasons to Buy Local for Your Holiday Meals

With Chicago’s latest holiday “Buy Local” campaign underway and “Small Business Saturday” fast approaching, consumers are buying gifts from local shops more than ever. But with the emphasis on gift-giving and... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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By Steve Robinson

How to Be Big on Small Business Day

How to Be Big on Small Business Day

The biggest, small business day of the year is right around the corner with Small Business Saturday happening on Nov. 30. To help you seize the day, here are some recommendations for fine-tuning your email... Read »

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

Chicago Small Business Center To Go Paperless by 2016

Chicago Small Business Center To Go Paperless by 2016

The City of Chicago will make the Small Business Center paperless by 2016 in an effort to provide efficient services for residents and business owners. Read »

Monday, Sep 23, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

Chicago Ideas Week Profiles: Small Business in the City

Chicago Ideas Week Profiles: Small Business in the City

Chicago Ideas Week presents Small Business in the City. Read »

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