Business

Thu, 04/28/2011
If you’ve taken a cab ride somewhere in Chicago in the last week or so, you probably had a peek at one of the latest green projects by a husband-wife team that’s cutting a swath in the green lifestyles and business sector in Chicago and elsewhere. Video screens mounted in the backseat of more than 1,000 cabs throughout Chicago are now showing a...
Fri, 04/22/2011
The reality of today's economy is that a relatively small percentage of households account for most of the economic activity in America. To some, this fact is a celebration of achievement and meritocracy, benefitting all through "trickle-down" economic activity; to others, this fact is a sign of America's bedrock middle and working classes...
Fri, 04/15/2011
In last week’s column, I recommended that Strada Real Estate Services reposition itself as an on-demand provider of maintenance and repair for commercial properties. As a result, I heard from owner Nancy Roach about her experience having tried that strategy when she launched the company in 2001. First, it didn’t work well. So she began pursuing...
Fri, 04/15/2011
Small business owners are shifting their focus from survival to growth for the first time since 2006, according to the just-released 2011 American Express OPEN Spring Small Business Monitor.  As entrepreneurs look to capitalize on growth opportunities, they are expecting to hire and make necessary capital investments in their firms,...
American
Thu, 04/14/2011
(Reuters) -- Despite Groupon’s virtual stranglehold on the group-buying space, David Payne thinks it’s vulnerable. The co-founder of rival startup Scoutmob said Groupon’s margins aren’t sustainable and feels he has a better solution for deal-crazy consumers and businesses. “When people look at this space they see it as a zero-sum game,” said...