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Internet content is king as users look for trusted information sources

By Ann Meyer — Kristen and Chris Conn didn’t set out to launch a technology business. But when the Evanston husband-and-wife team wanted to help other parents find and buy safe, nontoxic merchandise, they immediately turned to the Internet. The result is MightyNest.com, an online business launched in October 2009 that marries content and commerce […]

Obama’s address stresses innovation, jobs

By Ann Meyer — In a State of the Union speech Tuesday evening that emphasized the importance of innovation in job creation, President Barack Obama called on Americans to “think bigger” and try new ideas. He introduced Michigan brothers Gary and Robert Allen in the audience, who “reinvented themselves” by starting a roofing company. “That’s what […]

Chinese delegates focus on small business

By Hallie Busta Chinese business executives and government officials are looking to set up shop in the Midwest, China’s Commerce Minister Chen Deming said in a speech Friday in Chicago. Calling the region a window of opportunity for Chinese investment, Chen announced a new focus on partnerships with U.S. small and medium enterprises at the U.S.-China […]

Entrepreneur enters the beverage market with a “sick” new tea

By Hallie Busta — Tim Megenbier intended for his new Sick Tea beverage to be a warm-and-serve version of the homemade remedy he grew up with: a combination of black tea, honey and lemon made to ease colds and the flu. It wasn’t until his teenage children pointed out that the ill-looking man on the […]

Weight-loss websites shaping up to compete

By Hallie Busta Don Paullin saw a problem. His brother was struggling with obesity, but diets and commercialized products provided only temporary help. So after reading the diet literature his brother had received, Paullin had an idea. “It finally occurred to me that the rebound phenomenon occurred because people didn’t change from within,” Paullin said. […]