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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 […]

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 […]

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