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Affiliates, merchants debate Internet Tax Act

By Ann Meyer -- The Internet Tax debate isn't over yet, and Scott Kluth, president of CouponCabin, is among as many as 9,000 Illinois Internet...

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...

Spotlight on locally made products: How do entrepreneurs go from idea to market?

This article made possible by a Chicago Innovation Awards sponsorship. Just as every Chicago small business has a story behind it, so does every...

Economy slows funding cycle, yet opportunities remain

The moment entrepreneurs accept outside capital, they need a strategy for paying back their investors.  Ideally, angel funding leads to venture capital, then private...

Groupon gets personal

To hear founder and CEO Andrew Mason tell it, Groupon is not all about saving money. It about encouraging people to ...

Special Report on Minority Owned Businesses

After 17 years of fits and starts, LeNardo Nelson Sr. of Chicago is ready to take his triple-sided windshield wiper to market. A commercial lender at Harris Bank by day, Nelson has long dreamed of being an inventor like his father, who devised a sled with convertible wheels in the mid-1960s. But getting his wipers off the ground has taken far longer than Nelson ever imagined.

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