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Facing the Music: Donations Feed Most Music Organizations in Chicago

Story and photos by Ann Meyer The tip jar most street musicians plant with a few bucks to encourage donations is a fact of life...

Ifbyphone finds growth in call management

  By Ann Meyer If you think the  growth of the Internet and text messaging have wiped out the need for phone calls, think again. One of...

Belly aims to bring personal touch to loyalty programs for small merchants

Big stores have loyalty programs. Little ones generally don't. But that's changing. Chicago-based Belly has convinced 2,300 businesses to try its digital loyalty platform, which...

Business reaction to health care ruling is mixed, but hard-to-insure owners express relief

By Ann Meyer While conservative business groups vowed to take their fight for a repeal of the Affordable Care Act to the polls in November,...

Judge rules Illinois use tax law unconstitutional

The Illinois use tax law that spurred CouponCabin and FatWallet to leave the state last year was ruled unconstitutional Wednesday by a Cook County Circuit Court...

Business ethics: A matter of principle

How America conducts business has been called into question during the current economic crisis. Greed, ambition and poor regulation frequently have been raised, while ethics – or the lack of -- doesn't always make the news. Writing for Jewish Business News, Chicago journalist Jodie Jacobs asked five Chicago experts to share their views on the role of ethics in business.

Businesses lean on technology to cut gas usage

By Ann Meyer Fibrenew franchise owner Ivar Vankemenade has lessened the brunt of the recent spike in gas prices by relying on technology to help...

Seasoned entrepreneurs forecast disruptive technology will fuel new startups

By Ann Meyer For SmallBusinessExecutive Expect to see rapid change in Chicago's business community in the coming year, as technology disrupts old industries. "Think about what the...

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Masked merchants re-open Friday at Woodfield Mall after two-month hiatus

Dennis Savchenko of Talk N'Fix at Woodfield Mall opened Friday, May 29, the first day the...
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My view: Bring in the $600 weekly checks

If the federal government’s pledge to give unemployed workers an extra $600 a week has you scratching your heads,...

Women founders share war stories to inspire persistence

Delna Straus, co-founder of KEYO, participated in the fourth annual Women Tech Founders' Conference held online...

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