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How to start a business for $3,000

By Ann Meyer Lindsay Saewitz might not fit the stereotype of a risk-taking entrepreneur, yet she chucked a job hunt in favor of launching CitySwarm last fall. Her new events business aims to provide engaging experiences to young professionals in their 20s and 30s, Saewitz said. She came up with the business idea after organizing […]

Top Chicago entrepreneurs share secrets for startups

By Hallie Busta

How did some of Chicago’s top startups past and present attract their first customers?

That was the question Entrepreneurs Unpluggd posed Tuesday evening at the Greenhouse Theater Center in Lincoln Park to a panel of entrepreneurs (below). Their responses revealed different, sometimes quirky, tactics for acquiring early customers and provided advice for other business owners. To hear the highlights, click here.

Illinois funding gap sends startups out of state for capital

By Ann Meyer — Story updated at 10 a.m. Tuesday. When Jabber Jury officially goes live with its online programming, it will be largely due to out-of-state venture capital that funded the Chicago startup. The company had little more than a concept to show investors last November when it attracted $1.2 million from Everett Palmer, […]

Affiliates, merchants debate Internet Tax Act

By Ann Meyer — The Internet Tax debate isn’t over yet, and Scott Kluth, president of CouponCabin, is among as many as 9,000 Illinois Internet affiliates hoping Gov. Pat Quinn will veto the measure that passed the Illinois General Assembly earlier this month. Kluth said 500 to 600 Internet retailers might stop doing business with […]

Weight-loss websites shaping up to compete

By Hallie Busta Don Paullin saw a problem. His brother was struggling with obesity, but diets and commercialized products provided only temporary help. So after reading the diet literature his brother had received, Paullin had an idea. “It finally occurred to me that the rebound phenomenon occurred because people didn’t change from within,” Paullin said. […]