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Reinventing school lunch

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The discussion over what schools serve for lunch has been heating up amid first lady Michelle Obama's campaign to combat childhood obesity. Meet a pair of local entrepreneurs who are trying to tap into the trend to improve kids' diets.

Chicago Business Today May 27 2010

Young women entrepreneurs

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

As the economy struggles, a growing number of people are turning to self-employment -- particularly women 35 and under.  We look at what's causing the trend and why many young women are choosing to be their own bosses.

Chicago Business Today April 23 2010

Shaping health-care reform

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Meet a local entrpreneur who had a seat at the table crafting health-care reform legislation.

Chicago Business Today Dec 15 2009

A rising star

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Zoe and the President
A few months ago we profiled Zoe Damacela, a 17-year-old entrepreneur running a women's fashion-business. She had a great story and, seemingly, a very bright future.

The story is getting better--this week Damacela met the president (that's her in the Oval Office)--and her future brighter--she's gonna be mentored by Maria Pinto.

Here's a full update on Zoe. And here's the video, from July.

Entrepreneurs in Action: Zoe Damacela

Chicago blanked in ranking of small-biz cities

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Fortune Small Business magazine and the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City-based small-biz think tank, on Wednesday released their ranking of the best metro areas for starting a small business.
Chicago didn't make the list.
Not even close. 
Did Kauffman/Fortune researchers overlook Chicago's entrepreneurial spirit? Weigh in at our small business blog.

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From Threadless to CulinaryCulture

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

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Check out our talk with CulinaryCulture.com founder Jacob and Mischa DeHart. The new Web site by the Chicago entrepreneurs is part Threadless, part Yelp and part Epicurious.

 

Mr. DeHart co-founded skinnyCorp, the parent company of Threadless, the community-based T-shirt retailer that makes shirts with designs submitted by the site's users. Ms. DeHart is an MBA student at Dominican University.


CulinaryCulture.com is a place to share your favorite recipes, your favorite grocery store and where you can start discussions about cooking, restaurants and food photography.

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Small Business: A word to the wise, but from whom?

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For the successful small-business owner, advisers come in all shapes and sizes, from chat room denizens to top industry pros. So how's a busy entrepreneur to choose the right advisors?
This week's Focus section in Crain's print edition tries to answer some fundamental questions for small business owners.
Tom Walter, center, of Tasty Catering has an 11-member advisory board. He's started 28 companies and knows the power of the listening to the right people.

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QVC's Chicago star

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In 1996, Lori Greiner walked into a bookstore and saw "Politically Correct Bedtime Stories: Modern Tales for Our Life and Times," by James Finn Garner, prominently displayed as a best-seller.

It felt like a kick in the teeth. Ms. Greiner had been working on a similar book, "Fairy Tales for the 1990s," and was crestfallen: "I missed the boat," she says.

She promised herself it wouldn't happen again. Read how she's invented her way to the top, but only QVC shoppers know it.


Women take back the biz

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

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As corporate glass ceilings remain stubbornly unbroken, more and more women are taking matters in to their own hands -- starting their own businesses as a path to business success.

This week in Crain's we surveyed the female entrepreneurial landscape in Chicago, spotlighting some up-and-comers like Gen Thiers and seeking the wisdom of trailblazers like Seattle Sutton, Leslie Hindman, Maria Pinto and Holly Hunt.

The whole section is worth a read. And in yesterday's Chicago Business Today, we took a look at women killing it in the food business....


Chicago Business Today, Sept. 22, 2009

Women entrepreneurs and trailblazers

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Research shows that the United States is experiencing a small-business boom, triggered by the recession, an aging population and less job security.

And women are increasingly taking the plunge: They own 10.1 million U.S. companies, employing more than 13 million people.

With a new generation of women stepping into business ownership, we asked veteran entrepreneurs, including Maria Pinto, left,  to reflect on their careers and share the lessons they've learned along the way.

This week's entire Focus section examines enterprising women.


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Small biz stimulated?

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

We've reported on the rejuvenation of small business lending, including a stimulus-backed loan that helped the Paulina Meat Market's owner finance the purchase of his building. But how much does the stimulus really do for entrepreneurs? That's the question we pose in this month's Entrepreneurs in Action.


Entrepreneurs in Action, September 2009
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Riding the foreclosure wave

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

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Where there's a crisis, you'll find entrepreneurs swooping in to make money off of it. Meet Heart Financial, a Chicago company that's booming thanks to the foreclosure crisis. Central irony: Heart's home base is a Schaumburg call center that used to house Ameriquest Mortgage, one of the biggest subprime lenders.

Chicago Business Today, Sept. 10, 2009

Wicker Park bar offers reward for stolen Playboy

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The owner of The Fifty/50 says somebody stole one of the vintage Playboy magazines he hangs on the walls of his Division Street sports pub.

Scott Weiner is offering a reward for the return of the May 1970 issue. Read Shia Kapos' blog for more.

And if you're the thief, take note: stealing vintage porn is just plain stupid. You can totally get it for free on the Internet.

Startups popping

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

They say the recession is moving a lot of people to start businesses. There certainly are a steady stream of new ventures popping up around Chicago. Over at Enterprise City, we've got the early scoop on some of the latest entries. 

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And earlier this week we spoke to Al Warms, the Chicago entrepreneur behind one of the hottest new startups in town, Appolicious. This business aims to help people find and organize mobile applications, and we'll be hearing about it a lot in the months and years ahead.

Here's what Al told Enterprise City about the vision -- and business plan -- behind Appolicious.


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Q&A: Appolicious founder talks mission, money

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Appolicious Inc. founder Alan Warms talks about where the idea for the iPhone app-rater came from, and how he plans to make money with it.

Mr. Warms' last entrepreneurial venture, BuzzTracker, was also based in Chicago. He sold the blog tracker and aggregator to Yahoo in 2007.

Our small business blog, Enterprise City, talks with the Chicago entrepreneur.


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Small business loans flowing

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

Stimulus cash isn't just flowing to Wall Street banks and beat-up car makers. Chicago small business owners are starting to get some of the action as well.

Chicago Business Today, Aug. 31, 2009

Business blogging: Write one smart thing a day

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Crain's Chicago Business has been the leading source of news and insight on the city's economic scene for over 30 years.

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Does a small business need a blog? Is Twitter worth it? And what's the real benefit of all this social media stuff?

Chicago marketing consultant Andy Sernovitz does his best to cut through the buzz and get to the bottom line with Enterprise City, our small-business blog. A key piece of advice: start a blog (it's free), and post one smart thought a day -- if you're good at what you do, you should have one.

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