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Small-business advocates gathered at the 1871 tech hub Monday to support a bill that would allow Illinois companies to sell stock through increasingly popular crowdfunding sites.
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We live in a world that's still filled with barriers and limits, a culture where too often people are judged, stripped of their dignity, and denied true freedoms. But at the same time, the economic and technological shifts around us have created an entirely new class of ruckus makers and have ...
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One of the first health technology accelerators in the business has given itself a facelift.
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Within 54 hours, fintech folks from Chicago and beyond launched concepts to automate invoicing, bring crowdfunding to insurance and make tax filing as easy as snapping a few photos — among other ideas.
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Take the +Threadless tour
T-shirt maker and online community Threadless is known for hip, crowdsourced designs. The company's creative director, Craig Shimala, and marketing coordinator Kyle Geib showed Blue Sky around.
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Baby it’s cold outside, and a new online cocktail delivery service wants to bring drinks — Chicago mixology originals ;— to your home, where you can stay warm and cozy.
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+DialogTech rebrands as DialogTech, emphasizing voice-call options
There’s a reason Chicago-based Ifbyphone opted to widen its brand beyond telephones. In a Monday morning call, CEO Irv Shapiro wasn’t using one.
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You arrive alone. Your heart is beating a little faster than normal and suddenly all of your charisma and charm go out the window. You try to lock eyes with someone so that you can find a temporary home in what can feel like a sea of strangers. But everyone looks happily engaged in conversation.
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As an entrepreneur, I wear many hats. I'm my company's chief accountant, salesperson, strategist and product-builder. I'm responsible for making sure that my business stays thriving six months and six years from now. It's exhausting, scary and highly rewarding — ;all at once.
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Did you ever launch something and host an event on the same day? Pro tip: It's fun. However. Never do it.
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Despite spending cuts and sequestration in recent years, Illinois’ universities are capturing record levels of funding for basic, applied, and development research in science and engineering (S&E). According to a new Index analysis of the most recent data from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Illinois' universities conducted a record $2.4 billion worth of S&E research and development in 2013, and growth in academic R&D expenditures outpac...
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As a stay-at-home mother of two, Holly Bartman was always thrifty. That's why she made superhero capes for her son Owen's fourth birthday party in 2006 rather than buy them. And that's how she got her company off the ground with less than $100 worth of fabric and sewing supplies. At a friend's suggestion, she started creating capes at home and selling them on eBay and Etsy. An old parenting trick — coupons — saved her up to 50 percent on fabric...
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Blue Sky Innovation, Chicago Tribune. Innovators, entrepreneurs, founders, funders and onlookers welcome.

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