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Monday, Jul 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM
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By Jennifer Fortney, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Your Company Needs an Online Pressroom

Why Your Company Needs an Online Pressroom

Today, public relations (or how you relate to your public/audiences) is more than just sending out a press release. With the decline in full-time media outlet professionals, and the rise of freelance writers, it... Read »

Monday, Jun 17, 2013 at 5:53 PM
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By Steve Robinson, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Turn Your Social Media Presence into Profit

There you are with an active Facebook page, a growing Twitter following, a healthy amount of email subscribers, and good reviews on Yelp. While you may have great online visibility, the main reasons for being... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM
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By George Rafeedie, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Revamp Your Brand Without Losing (and Confusing) Customers

How to Revamp Your Brand Without Losing (and Confusing) Customers

Talk to any business owner and they’ll tell you rebranding can be a slippery slope. JCPenney, for example, has received backlash from customers for many branding decisions, including the hiring (and firing)... Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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By Kendrick Shope, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Increase Your Sales by 50 Percent

How to Increase Your Sales by 50 Percent

Would you be surprised to learn that 50 percent of all sales are closed in follow-up communication? What is even more staggering is that only 10 percent of seasoned sales professionals follow up more than... Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM
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By Richard Ueberfluss, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Social Media is For All Small Businesses

Why Social Media is For All Small Businesses

The term “social media” can be intimidating for most small businesses. But for small businesses, social media is a potent promotional tool. Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM
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By Adam Fridman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

High School ChiTech Educates Chicago’s Future Entrepreneurs

High School ChiTech Educates Chicago’s Future Entrepreneurs

It’s no secret that Chicago has been thrust to the front of public education debates. Between the Chicago Public School strike last year and the current controversy surrounding CPS school closings, notorious... Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 2:57 PM
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By Tim Jahn, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to Get a Developer Excited About Your Web/Mobile App

How to Get a Developer Excited About Your Web/Mobile App

During my 5+ years as a freelance web developer, I worked with a variety of clients. Some were really exciting to work with and made me excited to work on their project, while others were boring and failed to... Read »

Thursday, Jun 6, 2013 at 1:41 PM
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By Brian Coughlin, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Conversation Trumps Monologues on Social Media

Why Conversation Trumps Monologues on Social Media

I’m going to level with you: I’m frustrated. Why? I make my living managing social media accounts for OpticsPlanet.com, and I love to both come up with clever new ways to reach people and see what other... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Andrew Paradise, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Mobile Developers Can Better Monetize Their Games

How Mobile Developers Can Better Monetize Their Games

More than 100 million Americans play mobile games and NPD reported 59 percent of all play happens on mobile devices. Despite rapid growth in the mobile gaming space, developers creating the games we know and... Read »

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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By Jabez LeBret, Edited by: David Wolinsky

LinkedIn Overhauls Search Function: How to Adapt

LinkedIn Overhauls Search Function: How to Adapt

Recently you may have noticed a change in the LinkedIn search function. The obvious change is that the search bar has moved from the right side to the center of the screen. How you are able to search using... Read »

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What We Cover
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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Authors
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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