Small biz spotlight

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Stinglight Photography

Amanda | November 7th, 2012

There comes a time in everyone’s life where it seems like everyone they know gets married. That time in my life is now. I feel pretty comfortable in saying that I’m kind of an expert by default when it comes to weddings.  And if there’s one thing I’ve come to the conclusion that you should […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simply Smart Tech

Amanda | October 24th, 2012

If there’s one thing all business owners, from Fortune 500 to the one-man shop small businesses, can agree on, it’s this: security and IT support are absolutely vital. Finding a trustworthy and reputable outside source– or even in-house support– can be an overwhelming endeavor. Well, if you happen to be a company in Chicago, search […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Simplytapp

Amanda | October 3rd, 2012

Quick, look in your wallet.  If you’re anything like the average American, you probably have three or four credit cards (and between $3,000 – $7,000 worth of credit card debt) making your billfold pretty thick and uncomfortable to sit on.  Now look at your phone and imagine if you could leave your credit and bank […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Bicyclette

Amanda | September 26th, 2012

It’s time to admit something embarrassing:  I never learned how to ride a bike.  There was a string of events that lead to this, but it’s mostly a result of crashing into the corner of my house, an aversion to physical pain, and a stubborn “streak” approximately a mile wide.  Some additional fun trivia: our […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: MyCorporation

Amanda | September 19th, 2012

Let’s face it: most of us are rubbish at knowing what’s going on when it comes filing legal documents. You tell us to file our taxes and we respond with TurboTax. We’re not well-versed on the process, what forms need to be filed, when and where said forms should be filed, and what the expense could […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Olander Group

Amanda | 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 Spotlight of the Week: Bridge The Gap Villages

Amanda | September 5th, 2012

If you live in a large, tourist destination or if you’ve even take a trip to, well, anywhere, something quickly becomes apparent: there is a huge divide between locals and those just visiting.  It’s clothing, it’s language, it’s demeanor, and it’s very pervasive.  Whether you’re walking down the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, buying a sandwich […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Gelatini

Amanda | August 30th, 2012

Well, the time has come.  The sun is setting earlier and earlier; kids are filtering back into school; summer is ending.  And while many of us are looking forward to finding our flannels and getting ourselves to an apple orchard, the end of summer is always bittersweet. But! Before September 21st rolls around, there is […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Good Migrations

Amanda | August 22nd, 2012

Let’s not mince words here: moving abroad is rough, rough stuff.  After someone finds their House Hunters International perfect home, they are faced with packing up their stuff and trusting strangers– who may or may not speak their language– to ship it safely half-way across the globe. As the founders of this week’s Small Business […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Orazure Hand Roasted Coffee

Amanda | August 15th, 2012

I recently got back from a cross-country road trip where I drove from Chicago to Portland, OR. Besides putting nearly 5,000 miles on our rental car, my travel companion and I also became connoisseurs of gas station coffee.  We became well-versed in the difference between “pot has been sitting here since yesterday, “tastes like dirty […]

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