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Inc. 5000 names Chicago-area companies

Coyote Logistics of Lake Forest is the fastest-growing company in the Chicago area and sixth in the nation in revenue growth, according to Inc. magazine. The magazine has named more than 60 Chicago-area businesses to its 2010 Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing companies, including 19 on its more selective Inc. 500 list. The Besides Coyote […]

Giving women what they want

Entrepreneur Rachael Smith knows it pays to be organized. Her own personal experience lugging two young children through the airport, digging through her bag to find a favorite toy  to calm her son, inspired her. So the former schoolteacher invented a diaper bag with a pull-out drawer and lots of pockets to help on-the-go parents […]

Which Counts More: Luck or Determination?

For all that is commonly said about hard work paying off, being in the right place at the right time helps, too. Bob Carmody and his late wife didn’t plan to launch a frozen treat business, but stumbled on the opportunity at the Taste of Chicago 25 years ago. A worker happened to bring a […]

Morphing business models can boost sales, create jobs

Like most small businesses, Blue Buddha Boutique started out as a one-person show, with founder Rebeca Mojica making and selling chain mail jewelry. But Mojica, who created her first pieces eight years ago when she couldn’t find a chain mail belt she liked in the marketplace, soon saw a larger opportunity in selling chain mail […]

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