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Incubators help Chicago startups share costs

By Hallie Busta When Nicolas Ibarzabal isn’t selling empanadas out of his newly launched food truck, he’s preparing his Argentine fare in a shared-used kitchen on the city’s West Side. As co-owner of 5411 Empanadas, Ibarzabal joins a growing number of Chicago-area entrepreneurs setting up in shared facilities that charge less rent and offer more services than typical office buildings. The facilities run the gamut from traditional business incubators to fashion studios.

Edgewater launches incubator

By Hallie Busta Chicago’s newest incubator program is designed to be a pipeline for new storefront businesses in Edgewater. “We’ve done a lot of things for urban revitalization in this community, and this is just the next step,” said Tina Travlos Nihlean, president of the Edgewater Development Corporation’s board.

Shared workspaces aim to build community

 By Ann Meyer Writing might be a solo activity, but Chris Benevich craves the energy of working in the company of others when she cranks...

Small firms plan growth with long-term contingent labor model

By Ann Meyer When Bernie DiMeo shuttered his advertising firm last year after 22 years in business, it signaled a new beginning. Within two months, DiMeo...

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...

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...

Go ahead, make home your workplace

In a campaign to encourage telecommuting, TeleworkExchange.com has declared the week of Feb. 14 Telework Week. More than 37,000 workers have pledged to work...

Three ways to boost employee engagement

By Richard Axelrod, Guest columnist When it comes to engaging the workforce, small businesses have an advantage over large corporations. Engaging dozens is easier and...

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