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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 […]

Companies save with wellness spending

Jerry Benish wasn’t looking for a medal when he finished Camcraft Inc.’s fun run and lost 10 pounds in the company’s “Biggest Loser” contest. He knew the biggest winner could be Camcraft itself. As director of human resources at the Hanover Park-based components manufacturer, Benish closely tracks health care expenses. Along with moving to self-funded […]

The importance of thank you

By Lillian Bjorseth, Guest Columnist I grew up thinking that “thank you” is an automatic response when someone does something for you. It shows appreciation, consideration and respect for the person who goes out of her/his way …  whether it is a small thing, medium or huge. What’s happened to this simple gesture that is […]

SBA loan gives Hyde Park animal clinic new life

When the Hyde Park Animal Clinic was forced to move after losing its longtime home in Harper Court following the mall’s sale to the University of Chicago several years ago, its owner, Dr. Thomas Wake, decided he needed a permanent space for his business. After obtaining tax-increment financing funds from the city to remodel a […]

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 […]