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BloomNation, which connects customers to local floral shops and got its start at the University of Chicago Booth school, aims to increase customer satisfaction with clear portrayals of what a florist can provide.
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Sometimes, it¿s OK to give up or quit a project. And sometimes, not only is it OK, but it is also the right thing to do.
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The Spark: Mark Chrisman, CEO of Real Integrated Technology, says to listen to your market.

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The 1871 tech incubator introduced in-house recruiter Laura Fendrich to members. It also announced George Vukotich as vice president of programming.
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Elizabeth Carrandi Molina is a first-generation Hispanic woman and the first in her family to earn a bachelor's degree. Soon, she will become the first to earn a doctoral degree.
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Google smartphones with next-generation 3D sensing technology are about to blast into orbit, where they will become the brains and eyes of ball-shaped hovering robots on the International Space Station.
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The City of Chicago is expected to announce Wednesday that it will offer rooftop solar panel installations through the summer at 25 percent below market rates through a partnership with non-profit Vote Solar.
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Jon Schepke, CEO of SIM Partners, a digital marketing products and services company, discusses bootstrapping, growth, holistic Internet marketing, culture and the effects of fundraising.
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Facility to dole out $9 million in funding for new projects; deadline to apply is Aug. 15.
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Apple's release of the Swift programming language sent developers and instructors scrambling, though they expect the transition won't be immediate.
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Degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are critical for supporting innovation, research, and growth in high-tech sectors that are driving the 21st-century economy. It is therefore crucial for Illinois to focus on increasing the number of STEM graduates and ensuring these individuals pursue careers within the state. Research indicates that employees with STEM degrees have a significant ...
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Chicago-based Lightbank has invested for the first time in an Iowa-based company, announcing a $1 million investment partnership in ClusterFlunk.
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