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Foreign activity expected to boost IPOs in 2011

By Hallie Busta —  More foreign companies plan to issue initial public offerings on U.S. exchanges in 2011, while many small domestic businesses are steering clear due to the cost and regulation of going public in the United States. The push into U.S. markets will come primarily from Asian firms, with China’s economy a major […]

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 […]

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 […]

China’s growth brings opportunities, concerns

By Hallie Busta — Chinese and American business executives will do more than shake hands when the visiting state’s delegation wraps up this week’s official visit with a stop in Chicago. A number will be signing off on business deals intended to nurture an economic partnership between the two global powers, observers said. Earlier this […]

OpinionLab CEO: Listen to the customer to improve business

By Rand Nickerson, Guest Columnist      With consumers readily discussing their brand experiences on blogs, review sites, and social-media platforms, the voice of the customer has never been stronger than it is today. The word-of-mouth impact of one negative experience, communicated through a few clicks and keystrokes, can start a firestorm with far-reaching impact on […]