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How one founder braced for the competition

What do you do when a competitor the size of Starbucks Corp. comes out with its own version of your product? Robert Stiller, the founder and chairman of Green Mountain Coffee Rosters in Waterbury, Vt., which makes the Keurig coffee brewer and K-Cup coffee, decided to hedge his bets by selling $66.3 million of his […]

New Tyree award to offer $25,000 cash prize

By the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and Mesirow Financial have launched a James Tyree Emerging Business Leadership Award competition in honor of the late business and civic leader. Tyree served as chairman and CEO of Mesirow Financial and chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The award is to be presented annually to the […]

Nine retail trends to watch in 2012

By Colliers International SEATTLE and WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Retail is evolving at a dizzying pace. It’s a new universe out there, with retailers exploring new ways to reach customers, seeking out new life in their brands and boldly charting new worlds of real estate properties where no retailer has gone before. Colliers […]

Eight out of 10 startups foresee pickup in profits: Kauffman survey

KANSAS CITY, Mo.  Feb. 15, 2011— Owners of startup companies are surprisingly optimistic about 2012, according to the first Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom. More than one-fourth of the respondents said they plan to hire additional staff in 2012, and twice as many of them expect […]

Mid-market M&A survey participants wanted

Submitted by Joseph Feldman Associates Joseph Feldman Associates has launched a national survey of middle-market executives and their advisers to learn more about their greatest challenges and potential for sharing best practices and “lessons learned” related to acquisitions. “We look forward to wide participation in this study and interest in sharing experiences among middle-market executives,” […]