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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Olander Group

admin | September 12th, 2012

There’s this myth out there in the world of professional services that the traditional agency model and crowdsourcing are mortal enemies.  Trying to get the two of them in the same room is like smashing two south pole magnets together.  If the traditional agency model and crowdsourcing were families, their fourteen-year-old children would enter into […]

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Small Business and Startups: The True “Lean” Movement

Mike | September 10th, 2012

Last week, Ross was contacted by an old friend, Ron May, who publishes an industry newsletter in Chicago and writes extensively about technology, startups, and small business in our region. Ron gets in touch periodically for updates on crowdSPRING so this was no great surprise. Ron’s email asked, “What the heck is going on with crowdSPRING? […]

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Dear Applicant, Part 2: The Thirds

Mike | July 23rd, 2012

I wrote a post last year on how job applicants can improve their chances with a prospective employer, and today I wanted to explore this in a different way. In spite of the dismal state of the U.S.  economy and the job market (particularly for younger people) there are many, many companies that are hiring […]

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Small business and the Affordable Care Act: 5 Reasons Why Obamacare May Help

Mike | July 2nd, 2012

Last week the Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (dba Obamacare). If you are a small business owner or manager, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the 50% of Americans who were thrilled about this decision or the 50% who were […]

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I’m in Unicode Love: The Curator’s Code

Mike | April 2nd, 2012

Attribution on the web is a controversial topic; ideas, stories, videos, graphics are copied and pasted over and over again, propagating their way across the virtual universe. As an entrepreneur and blogger, I am always pleased when I see my articles shared on other sites, or linked to in the social media. While I would […]

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LaunchBar: I can’t explain it, but it’s amazing

admin | June 28th, 2011

There are two types of people in the world: those who use LaunchBar and those who haven’t tried it yet. Yes, there are other similar apps out there but I like this one the best. Seriously, try it.    

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Cloud: Instant, elegant file sharing

admin | June 21st, 2011

I know there are 647,259 file sharing apps out there but the elegance and simplicity of CloudApp is second to none. Screen shots automatically upload, links to your files are automatically placed on your clipboard. Try it and you’ll never go back.    

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TeuxDeux: A “designy” to-do list app

admin | June 14th, 2011

Given our “designy” community, I thought you’d dig TeuxDeux – a simply, designy, free browser-based to-do app. It’s been around for a while but the features keep getting better and better. Definitely worth a look.    

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Free Google Programs For Non-Profits

Ross | March 18th, 2011

Three years ago, Google launched Google for Non-Profits to help non-profits raise money and operate more efficiently. Among other things, that portal offered tips and tutorials on ways that non-profits could leverage Google’s tools and services. Google also historically offered Google Checkout for free to non-profits who accepted donations on their site, and has allowed […]

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