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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 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin Paywall

Chicago Sun-Times to Test Bitcoin Paywall

The ChicagoSun-Times, as part of a partnership with startup Bitwall, is set to test a “social paywall” next month. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2013 at 4:23 PM
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By Jamal Jackson

General Solicitation and the JOBS Act... In a Nutshell

General Solicitation and the JOBS Act... In a Nutshell

Earlier this year, one of the most critical pieces of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act went into affect. Read »

Thursday, Dec 20, 2012 at 11:40 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Do You Want More Twitter Followers?

Why Do You Want More Twitter Followers?

I’ve written about this topic before, but don’t be fooled by the headline. This is going to be a different twist on what I've previously written. Read »

Monday, Aug 6, 2012 at 3:53 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Reach Your Customers on Twitter

How to Reach Your Customers on Twitter

Whether you think Twitter is a fad whose bubble is slowly deflating or still slowly increasing, the fact is you can't really afford to ignore it for the time being. Having a lot of Twitter followers is a bit... Read »

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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By Mitchell Grogg

Law Puts Employers on "Limited Profile"

Law Puts Employers on

Employers to be prohibited from asking for passwords to social networking sites. Read »

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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By David Wolinsky

You Should Use This: Tweriod, Twitter Efficency Tool

You Should Use This: Tweriod, Twitter Efficency Tool

This'll be a short and sweet post, but that's just because this solves a difficult problem rather simply. You're on Twitter, right? How can you tell when the best times to tweet are, assuring your messages going... Read »

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 8:21 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Use Twitter Hashtags Effectively

How to Use Twitter Hashtags Effectively

If you're not on Twitter yet, go sign up for it immediately and read the rest of this post, because you're not using the Internet to its full potential as a hustling entrepreneur. And even if you're already... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Make your Presence Pop on Twitter

How to Make your Presence Pop on Twitter

Don't be fooled by the word "social" in "social media." You don't become a social butterfly just by registering an account and showing up to the party fashionably late -- and if you aren't on Twitter, Facebook... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Assure You're Making an Impact on Social Media

How to Assure You're Making an Impact on Social Media

Even though we told you not to make any New Year's resolutions when it comes to running your business, we know that you know better. And it being the 21st century, it's probably a safe bet you want to finally... Read »

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