How to Go Right—and Wrong—with a Restaurant Wine List

By: Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator Allow me to be blunt: Restaurant wine lists are tricky, even treacherous. Only rarely can you describe a restaurant wine list as either instructive or intuitive. Now, maybe such a list is impossible. Wine and its inherent complexities—grape variety, site, producer, vintage, winemaking technique—may simply [...]

February 19th, 2014|

Demographic Shifts Contribute To The Changing Face Of Retail

By: Meredith Rizzo, NPR So far this year, retail chains have announced some heavy cuts. J.C. Penney said it would close 33 stores. Macy's said it would lay off 2,500 workers. Sears will close its flagship Chicago store in April. That's creating a glut of excess space. But that's just one of [...]

February 18th, 2014|

What Nobody Tells You About Failure

By: Howard A. Tullman, Inc. Think starting a business is stressful? Try shutting one down. If you think it’s hard to get a new business off the ground, try shutting a few down. That’s serious stress. If there’s a lonelier and more depressing spot for an entrepreneur to be in, [...]

February 18th, 2014|

Social Media: A Hotbed For SMB Growth and Fertile Ground for Financial Services Prospects

By: Jennifer Grazel, LinkedIn Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are considered engines for economic growth, and with good reason. They contribute $5.5 trillion in annual revenue in North America, according to Dun & Bradstreet. They’re usually eager to grow their companies, and are always looking for new ways to raise the [...]

February 17th, 2014|

15 Quotes to Inspire Great Teamwork

By: Dave Kerpen, Inc. The difference between success and failure is a great team. When I first became an entrepreneur, in the spring of 2002, I was a consultant working for myself. As Dave Kerpen Strategic Consulting, I could make my own hours, determine my own success, and avoid answering to [...]

February 14th, 2014|

Drink This: 10 Global Bartenders Predict 2014′s Must-Sip Cocktails

By: Emily Elyse Miller, Société Perrier Get your passports ready, because we are about to head around the world, one bar at a time — from Melbourne to Hong Kong, Copenhagen to Montreal to, of course, good ol’ New York. We spoke to some of the most talented mixologists and bartenders around the [...]

February 13th, 2014|

Higher Minimum Wage Backed in Rival City Council Resolutions, But How High?

By: Ted Cox, DNAinfo Chicago CITY HALL — The City Council is considering a resolution calling for a $10.10-an-hour minimum wage, after passing another measure calling for a $10.65 minimum wage last week. The Progressive Reform Caucus boasted last week of passing a resolution sponsored by Ald. John Arena (45th) and supporting Gov. [...]

February 13th, 2014|


By: Design Restaurants 2013 was the year that the humble burger got a hipster makeover and every trendy restaurants was suddenly adding gourmet buns and patties to their menus. Top end joints arrived such as Five Guys and Shake Shack and had punters queuing up to sample its guerkins as [...]

February 11th, 2014|

Food and Beverage Trend for 2014: The Rise of Craft Distilleries

By: Jason Daley, Entrepreneur When Bill Owens held the inaugural meeting of the American Distilling Institute in 2003, 86 people showed up, most of them old faces from the tiny world of craft distilling. For the organization's 10th annual conference in April, more than 900 folks packed the Sheraton in [...]

February 10th, 2014|