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How Local Companies Attract Tech Talent

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    Looks like this whole Internet thing isn't a fad. If you want to run a successful company, you're going to need to embrace technology products and concepts you may or may not even be able to pronounce.

    Depending on your needs, you'll inevitably need to employ some experts in the field. And if you want to entice potential technology hires in Chicago, you should expect to dig deep, according to a recent piece in the Sun-Times.

    From giving employees free souped-up computers or expenses-paid workweek stays at a Michigan beach house, the trend with hiring companies is now to sweeten the deal however possible. Since it's an area in need of growth, some companies are bending over backwards to tempt computer geniuses. Part of it's to attract the talent, and another of course is to keep it loyal.

    kCura CEO/Founder Andrew Sieja said of his 10-year-old Loop company's ploys, which range from building a game room to converting its cafeteria into a nightclub:

    "I would love to build a crazy-big software company in Chicago, and I want to attract great talent. We will have employees who will work here for 15 to 20 years, and they will have families."

    If you're looking to do the same, prepare to get creative. Everyone else is doing it.

    Read the full article over at the Sun-Times