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Small Business Beat: City provides bridge over financing obstacles

Chicagoan Gulia Ismailova got some help with financing and other start-up issues from the Small Business Solution Station, a city of Chicago program that helps entrepreneurs get their businesses up and running and current owners stay in business.

What’s old is new again: Digital marketers turn to old-school analytics to land customers

Putting the right promotional offer in front of the right person at the right time was the mantra of old-school direct response marketing. But it’s becoming even more relevant in the digital age. At time when marketing spending has taken a hit from the economy, programs that can deliver customers cost-efficiently are standing out.┬á Evanston-based […]

To turn around ailing businesses, entrepreneurs buy them back

Mark Seigle, who with brother Harry sold family owned Seigle’s Building Centers in 2005 to Stock Building Supply, is quick to mention the emotional factor that spurred him to buy back a portion of the business six months ago, saving it from disappearing altogether.