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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Bridge The Gap Villages

admin | 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

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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

admin | 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

admin | 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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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Eventual Millionaire

admin | August 8th, 2012

So… would you like to be a millionaire someday?  Most people would be hard-pressed to say no.  However, most people would also be hard-pressed to come up with an effective game plan to accomplish this goal. That’s where this week’s Small Business Spotlight, Eventual Millionaire, comes into play.  The blog was started by Jaime Tardy […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: French Truck Coffee

admin | July 11th, 2012

There’s a particular love that beverages can inspire in people– I’m sure winos, beer aficionados, and Diet Coke heads can feel me on this one– it’s part deep appreciation, part comfort, and a huge part ritual.  It’s the snap of the can tab breaking, or watching the head lace on the side of the glass, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Lingua Franca Traducciones

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This week’s small business spotlight came with a harrowing story about a 700 km taxi ride across western Europe at 3:00 am, racing against the clock to deliver a document on time.  Sounds like the beginning of a Robert Ludlum novel, right? It’s actually just another day in the legal document translation business. Lingua Franca […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: GreenCoffex

admin | June 20th, 2012

Whether it’s hour fifteen of driving on a long road trip, an early morning after little sleep, or just another day with that “2:30 feeling,” being tired is a drag.  It puts a damper on creativity, concentration, and renders the strongest amongst us listless and grumpy. While we can all strive to get the recommended […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: RentValet

admin | June 13th, 2012

Many universities and colleges in the United States use what is known as the Common Application when screening applicants.  The Common Application a standardized set of questions and essays that students can hypothetically send into any school that opts to use it.  It’s easy and efficient for students and institutions alike. The founders of this […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Penn Brewery

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For some reason (probably age discrimination), I have the reputation at the office for being a booze hound. But in reality, I have one true love: beer.  If you haven’t gotten the memo, craft beer is is a huge movement in the United States.  The Brewer’s Association reports that in 2011, craft beer had blossomed […]

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