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Be part of the process: Chicago Innovation Awards opens People’s Choice voting

Chicago Innovation Awards has opened online voting for People’s Choice Awards through October 14. Its official panel of  judges has whittled down 330 nominees to a Top 75 list of finalists from which it will select 10 winners at its Nov. 1 awards dinner.  The public is encouraged to pursue descriptions of the finalists online and vote […]

SBA powers up Illinois Smart Grid Cluster

More reliable electricity, better energy efficiency and new jobs could be coming to the Chicago area, thanks to a collaborative effort to develop a Smart Grid Regional Innovation Cluster that has received new funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. With a $600,000 contract from the SBA announced Sept. 20, the Illinois Smart Grid Cluster […]

Obama Signs Act Aiding Small Businesses

After months of political struggle, President Barack Obama has signed into law the Small Business Jobs Act, designed to provide financial relief to small businesses and self-employed workers with hopes of stimulating job creation. The U.S. House approved the measured 237-187 on Sept. 23 after the U.S. Senate had voted 61-38 the week before to pass the act.  […]

In a tough job market, students launch startups

Law school might not fetch an immediate job in a law firm these days, but for IIT-Kent College of Law student Richard Komaiko, it has yielded a technology business. Komaiko and his three business partners recognized the soft legal market was hurting not only recent law school graduates who can’t find jobs, but also solo […]

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