Business

Wed, 07/06/2011
It’s often said, “There are only two seasons in Chicago:  winter and construction.” But there’s another phenomenon that occurs every year when the warm weather rolls around: There are plenty of outdoor block parties, festivals and events to keep everyone busy all summer long. My beautiful wife, Michele, and I enjoy going to arts and crafts...
Tue, 06/28/2011
 While companies busily high-five each other over implementing social-media plans that have limited strategy around them -- and while the majority of celebs send tweets that make them look like twits -- let's look at a few rules of thumb that I hope can help those jumping into what can be awfully frigid waters. Most importantly --...
Thu, 06/23/2011
A relatively new Chicago sustainability engineering firm is in expansion mode to help shrink the carbon footprint of cities and existing buildings around the globe. PositivEnergy Practice LLC was formed about 18 months ago by the three partners of architectural firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) and Roger Frechette III, who...
Tue, 06/21/2011
     The State of Illinois has embarked on a mission to foster entrepreneurship in the region with the launch of the Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) this month.  The IIN is the product of the Illinois Innovation Council (IIC), a diverse group of business, academic, and government leaders led by Chicago-based Brad Keywell...
Mon, 06/20/2011
Many entrepreneurs find the task of protecting their data from hackers so daunting they don't even make a serious effort. After all, if Citigroup and Lockheed Martin struggle with security breaches, what can a small business do? Plenty, say experts, who suggest that the worst mistake is ignoring the risk. “Small businesses are going online...