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Hallie Busta is an intern at SmallBizChicago.com and a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
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Artists add creative twist to entrepreneurship

By Hallie Busta Robin Monique Rios has been an artist since childhood, but only in recent years has her penchant for art become the basis of several profitable ventures. From an 11,000-square-foot space at the Zhou B Art Center in Bridgeport, Rios runs 4Art Inc., a gallery featuring her work and that of nine other artists. But the location is also home to Rios' other business ventures, including website and graphic design services and art framing. "I know this is where I'm supposed to be," she said. "I know that with every fiber of my being."

Tips for launching an arts business

Launching an arts-based venture requires planning, producing and selling. SmallBusinessChicago asked Joe Roberts, professor of arts entrepreneurship at Columbia College in Chicago, and Barrett Baebler, director of entrepreneurship and nonprofit management at Webster University in St. Louis, to provide tips for artists on running sustainable business ventures.

Financial constraints spurred buy-out of local tech company

Facing a software overhaul that would cost him nearly $1 million, Chicago-based Geckotech founder Josh Robbins looked to a longtime competitor and strategic partner...

News Digest: China visit, conventions, health care and more

Staying on top of   the news  can be a time-consuming task. SmallBusinessChicago has scoured various news outlets  to bring you current  summaries of...

What does it take for a successful startup? Serial entrepreneur Mike Rhodes shares six strategies

Speaking before the Business Network Chicago's Entrepreneur Group Tuesday evening, SYNC Technology Center founder Mike Rhodes shared six strategies for success: passion, professionalism, willingness...

Entrepreneur enters the beverage market with a “sick” new tea

By Hallie Busta -- Tim Megenbier intended for his new Sick Tea beverage to be a warm-and-serve version of the homemade remedy he grew up...

Weight-loss websites shaping up to compete

By Hallie Busta Don Paullin saw a problem. His brother was struggling with obesity, but diets and commercialized products provided only temporary help. So after...

Confusion persists over Health Care Reform

Confusing legislation and high costs have many small business owners unaware of possible tax credits for providing employees with insurance, experts say.

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