Food Genius gets cooking with $1 million, move to West Loop

By: John Pletz, Crain's Chicago “I'd go for the breakfast dog,” Justin Massa says. Even though it's noon, breakfast is still on the menu at Little Goat,Stephanie Izard's restaurant in the far West Loop, where the specials are a dog wrapped in a pancake and topped with a fried egg, and [...]

January 31st, 2014|

Entrepreneurship Isn’t About Creativity

By: Andrew Yang - Founder and CEO of Venture for America, Huffington Post There is a common and persistent belief out there that entrepreneurship is about creativity -- that it's about having a great idea. But it's not, really. Entrepreneurship isn't about creativity. It's about organization building -- which, in turn, is about [...]

January 30th, 2014|

Proposal to Raise Tip Wages Resisted

Tom Boucher, who owns seven restaurants in New Hampshire, said a wage increase would reduce the number of waiters each restaurant employed. Cheryl Senter for The New York Times By: Steven Greenhouse, New York Times Nearly 50 years ago, federal law created a lower minimum wage for workers who receive tips. [...]

January 29th, 2014|

Entrepreneurs are among the happiest individuals across the globe

GEM - Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (Santiago, Chile) - Entrepreneurs are among the happiest individuals across the globe when it comes to individual well-being and satisfaction with their work conditions according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2013 Global Report. The GEM report’s special topic, Entrepreneurship and Well-Being, also found that women [...]

January 28th, 2014|

Bright Lights, Big City, Bigger Revenues?

By: JoshMogerman, Chicagoist It is cold outside, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is thinking a lot about vacations. Namely, how to get folks to take them here. Last year was spectacularly good for the city’s tourism economy. But not good enough for the mayor, who announced the goal of increasing tourism by a [...]

January 27th, 2014|

Facebook Tools to Improve Your Business

By: Andrey Grehov, Huffington Post Nowadays, social media marketing is a must-have tool to promote your business. According to latest research, 55 percent of companies have their own blog. Every second company spends around six hours per day on social media and 90 percent of respondents have a Facebook page. [...]

January 25th, 2014|

Small Business Gets Serious: Digital Trends for Small Business in 2014

By: David Brown CEO of, Huffignton Post It's a new year and with it comes a cautious view of the year's economic growth, regulatory changes across a variety of industries and continued development in the reliance on the Internet for personal and professional connection and communication. It's an uncertain [...]

January 24th, 2014|

Small-Batch Distilleries Ride The Craft Liquor Wave

By: Chris Arnold, NPR Wherever you live, you're probably not too far from a local microbrewery making beer. Now, the latest trend is the spread of what you might call "micro-boozeries." Craft liquor distilleries are springing up around the country like little wellheads spouting gin, whiskey and rum. Turkey Shore Distilleries in [...]

January 24th, 2014|