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Businesses started out of necessity might not generate jobs: Kauffman report

 The Great Recession produced more entrepreneurs than at any time during the past 15 years, but most haven’t yet generated jobs, according to a new study by the Kansas City, Mo.-based Kauffman Foundation. The foundation’s Index of Entrepreneurial Activity suggests about 34 out of 10,000 adults — or about 565,000 people — started businesses each month […]

How to create an open, honest culture

How to create an open, honest culture

By Jenny Schade, Guest Columnist True or false: Working for a company that touts a culture of open and honest communication means it’s fine to constantly check and compose e-mails during meetings. The answer is “false.” If you answered “true,” your company doesn’t have an open and honest culture. Why not? Consider how comfortable you […]

Vendors adjust to healthy foods movement

By Hallie Busta Move over, junk food. Chicago-area vending machine companies are swapping calorie-dense snacks for healthier items in the wake of new legislation designed to improve food options for children. Until recently, vending machines were associated with snacks laden with sugar and fat, said Jackie Clark, spokeswoman for the National Automatic Merchandising Association. But […]

Why companies shouldn’t fear creative leaders

In a business climate that increasingly requires businesses to grow by innovation, company mindsets that peg creative individuals as being unfocused or quirky need to change, according to management professor Jennifer Mueller, author of a new leadership study published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Creative individuals aren’t always thought of as effective leaders,  […]

Amazon.com closes Dallas warehouse over use-tax dispute

Amazon.com reportedly plans to close a Dallas distribution center due to a disagreement with the state of Texas over millions of dollars in sales taxes, according to an Associated Press report in the Chicago Sun-Times. According to the report, the Texas comptroller’s office contends Amazon.com owes $269 million in uncollected sales tax because its warehouse gives […]