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Thursday, Jan 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Tech-Savvy Chicago Will Be All in the Clouds

Tech-Savvy Chicago Will Be All in the Clouds

On Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago is “adopting a cloud strategy for all employee email and desktop applications,” according to a press release from his office. In all, the move will save... Read »

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM
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By David Wolinsky

App Shout-Out: Fantastical (Mac Only)

App Shout-Out: Fantastical (Mac Only)

Over the break I got a lot of time to play around with a couple different apps I want to tell you about. The first one is Fantastical, which Inc. Well contributor Jay Margalus actually turned me onto about a... Read »

Monday, Dec 31, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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By Josh Burns, Edited by: David Wolinsky

What Strategy Businesses Need To Know In 2013

What Strategy Businesses Need To Know In 2013

You may have heard it several times over, especially in the past couple years, but I think it will ring true in 2013 more than ever, Stories are going to fuel business, organizations, and products in 2013,... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 2:35 PM
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By David Wolinsky

A Peek Inside Chicago's Inventables

A Peek Inside Chicago's Inventables

There was a time when 3D printers and those types of gadgets seemed to be out of reach for us regular folks -- but did you know that time is actually long gone? It's true: In the last decade, laser cutters... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 25, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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By James Ellis, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How (and Why) to Keep it Simple

How (and Why) to Keep it Simple

I had a roommate in college who spent a semester in recently-post-communist Russia. When she got back, we went grocery shopping and I got to see first-hand the rule of simplicity. We walked into the grocery... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why the LinkedIncubator is Genius

Why the LinkedIncubator is Genius

Did you know before reading this headline that LinkedIn has launched its own incubator? Dubbed the InCubator (get it?) “engineers can get 30 to 90 days away from their regular work to develop ideas of their own... Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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By David Wolinsky

CEO: Groupon Still 'A Local E-Commerce Company'

CEO: Groupon Still 'A Local E-Commerce Company'

For all its twists and turns, ups and downs and iterations and permutations, Groupon CEO still sees his company pretty much the way it originally started. Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Are Social Media Majors Poised to Lead our Futures?

Are Social Media Majors Poised to Lead our Futures?

Can you write a Textbook on Twitter? How about Facebook or Pinterest? You probably wouldn’t want to because by the time the book even gets to the publisher it might be obsolete, in need of a drastic update or... Read »

Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:58 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Should Every Small-Biz Website Have?

What Should Every Small-Biz Website Have?

Clearly, or at least, hopefully, we’re at the point in our relationship with the Internet where everyone understands that your company’s website doesn’t need to be some sort of Swiss army knife-like... Read »

Friday, Dec 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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By David Wolinsky, Marti Konstant, Luke Tanen, Jon Porter

The Small-Biz Trends and Stories that Shaped 2012

The Small-Biz Trends and Stories that Shaped 2012

Even though the Mayans were wrong and we didn’t all die (bummer?), it’s still been a pretty good and eventful year. We got a new president, who’s the same as the last president. Christopher Nolan’s Batman... 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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