A HOW-TO BLOG FOR CHICAGO BUSINESS

Dec 14, 2012
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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.

Dec 13, 2012
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By Kevin Willer, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Experts Provide a Forecast for Chicago Startups in 2013

Experts Provide a Forecast for Chicago Startups in 2013

Last Tuesday at the Chase Auditorium, the CEC hosted the 2nd Annual Startup Forecast, where leaders from Chicago’s entrepreneurial community predicted trends and opportunities for the startup community in 2013.

Dec 10, 2012
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By James Ellis, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How to (Not) Select a New Social Channel

How to (Not) Select a New Social Channel

As a small business owner, I understand the impulse to try and listen for every new social channel and hop on it in the hopes it becomes the "next Facebook." This comes from two very valid concerns.

Dec 6, 2012
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By David Wolinsky

The Best Services for Posting Your Menu Online

The Best Services for Posting Your Menu Online

If you run a restaurant and don’t have a way for your customers to order online, you’re missing out on a pretty painless way of scouting more orders.

Dec 7, 2012
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By David Wolinsky

Why Music Streaming Must Change

Why Music Streaming Must Change

Even though fewer people are soldiering on to work in the music business these days, the ones who operate within it are fighting to make it a more innovative environment that celebrates the art it distributes...

Dec 3, 2012
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By David Wolinsky

Social Media Doesn’t Impact Online Sales: Report

Social Media Doesn’t Impact Online Sales: Report

This is a weird one, and maybe not necessarily taken as gospel, but checkit: IBM Smarter Commerce, which tracks sales for 500 of the top retail sites is is reporting that “social media made up less than...

Nov 29, 2012
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By David Wolinsky

Yield Technologies' Andy Hamilton on the Lean Startup Model's Many Virtues

Yield Technologies' Andy Hamilton on the Lean Startup Model's Many Virtues

Andy Hamilton and his company, Yield Technologies, didn't create the "lean startup model" philosophy. (That distiction belongs to one Eric Ries.) But, as it turns out, Hamilton, Yield, and RentSocial, the...

Nov 28, 2012
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By David Wolinsky

Go to There: AWS’ First-Ever Conference

Go to There: AWS’ First-Ever Conference

Amazon Web Services, the online merchant’s collection of remote computing services that comprise its cloud-computing platform, will be hosting its first-ever conference.

Apr 5, 2013
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By David Wolinsky

Why Transit Apps are Revving Up

Why Transit Apps are Revving Up

Obviously, Matt Carrington, the director of marketing at Taxi Magic is a little biased, but the numbers tell the tale, too: Every fall, the new iPhone comes out, the weather gets worse and people want to...

Nov 27, 2012
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By Jay Margalus, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Why Game Bundles Make Dollars, Not Sense

Why Game Bundles Make Dollars, Not Sense

Few things have swept the indie-game scene by storm like the game bundle. Here’s the basic premise: bring five games together, sell them "bundled" at a deeply discounted price and then profit.

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