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Ifbyphone finds growth in call management

  By Ann Meyer If you think the  growth of the Internet and text messaging have wiped...

Belly aims to bring personal touch to loyalty programs for small merchants

Big stores have loyalty programs. Little ones generally don’t. But that’s changing. Chicago-based Belly has convinced 2,300...

Business reaction to health care ruling is mixed, but hard-to-insure owners express relief

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Ifbyphone finds growth in call management

Ifbyphone finds growth in call management

 

Chicago-based Ifbyphone CEO Irv Shapiro has twice started companes that landed on the Inc. 500 list.

By Ann Meyer

If you think the  growth of the Internet and text messaging have wiped out the need for phone calls, think again.

One of the fastest-growing small businesses in the nation routes more than 15 million minutes of phone calls in a typical month, and it’s not in the traditional phone business.

Chicago-based Ifbyphone is CEO Irv Shapiro’s …

August 21, 2012 | No comment | Read More »

How to avoid hurting your social media image

How to avoid hurting your social media image

By Marsha Friedman
Guest columnist

– I remember when the Internet first gained prominence and it became apparent that having a website was essential for any commercial enterprise.

Back then, web designers were not plentiful and few people thought to hire a professional to create a site. They felt that any web presence was better than none, and they found people they knew who were “into the whole Internet thing” to help them.

As …

January 24, 2012 | No comment | Read More »

10 years after 9/11, security still top of mind

10 years after 9/11, security still top of mind

By Ann Meyer

– Chicago photographer Jimmy Fishbein hasn’t forgotten the terrorist attacks that struck New York 10 years ago, where his photography studio was located at the time.

Fishbein lost just about everything, including his portfolio, when his studio next to the World Trade Center got caught in the disaster …

September 10, 2011 | No comment | Read More »

Angel investor market picks up: UNH analysis

Angel investor market picks up: UNH analysis

Submitted by the Center for Venture Research
DURHAM, N.H. – Following a considerable contraction in investment dollars in 2008 and 2009, the angel investor market continued to recover in 2011, a trend that began in 2010 in investment dollars and in the number of investments, according to the 2011 Angel Market Analysis released by the Center for Venture Research at the University of New Hampshire.

Total investments in 2011 were $22.5 billion, an increase of 12.1 percent over 2010 when investments totaled $20.1 billion. A total of 66,230 entrepreneurial …

April 3, 2012 | No comment | Read More »

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Obama Signs JOBS Act Opening Door to Up to $1 Million in Crowdfunding

Obama Signs JOBS Act Opening Door to Up to $1 Million in Crowdfunding

President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law the bipartisan JOBS Act, short for Jumpstart Our Business Startups, which is designed to...

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FTC announces right to privacy principles

FTC announces right to privacy principles

The Federal Trade Commission today released a report outlining principles designed to encourage  companies to respect consumers’ right to privacy pertaining to...

Mar 26, 2012 | No comment | Read More »
Perceptions on value: How to articulate your relevance to the market

Perceptions on value: How to articulate your relevance to the market

  By Suzanne Ross Guest columnist Who would ever introduce themselves by saying what they are NOT? It is a crazy...

Oct 21, 2011 | No comment | Read More »

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10 years after 9/11, security still top of mind

By Ann Meyer – Chicago photographer Jimmy Fishbein hasn’t forgotten the terrorist attacks that struck...

Sep 10, 2011 | No comment | Read More »

MBX’s employee focus leads to satisfied customers, new sales

By Ann Meyer Zach Mitchell didn’t know how lucky he was to work at MBX...

Sep 2, 2011 | No comment | Read More »

Tech firm Ahead forges way with private clouds

Large technology companies often beget small ones, as employees become entrepreneurs. When Dan Adamany worked...

Jul 29, 2011 | No comment | Read More »