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SIM panel celebrates spirit of innovation

By Sara Al-Farhan   Imagine ordering a drink without having to ask a bartender, or knowing exactly when the next bus arrives on a cold day at the bus stop. The Society for Information Management held a panel discussion Wednesday to celebrate four innovators who transformed these ideas into reality. Chicago Innovation Award winners John […]

Spotlight on locally made products: How do entrepreneurs go from idea to market?

This article made possible by a Chicago Innovation Awards sponsorship. Just as every Chicago small business has a story behind it, so does every product an entrepreneur designs. Behind many of the city’s newest products are entrepreneurs who have created opportunity from adversity, often using severance checks to launch new businesses. By designing concepts that […]

Giant Greenbuild expo beckons smaller players

Small companies with environmental products or services were among 27 employers participating in a a “green” jobs fair that attracted 500 Chicago-area job seekers to McCormick Place Nov. 16. The jobs fair was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with the BlueGreen Alliance and the city of Chicago. While  applicants lined up 12 deep to […]

Chicago Innovation Awards winners include CTA Bus Tracker, Master Lock

The winners of this year’s Chicago Innovation Awards were announced Monday evening to a rapt audience of entrepreneurs in a packed Goodman Theater, 170 N. Dearborn St. As the evening’s hosts and co-founders, Tom Kuczmarski, senior partner of Kuczmarski & Associates and Dan Miller, former business editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, pointed out, this has […]

Sourcebooks rides wave of changes

While the book publishing industry may be undergoing a transformation, at Naperville-based Sourcebooks, Dominique Raccah is embracing the change with a confidence grounded in creativity. By fostering an entrepreneurial  workplace even as her company has become one of the largest independent book publishers in the nation, Raccah sees a bright future. “We are pioneers in the […]