September 2013

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Gone Phishing

By Joe Natale Recently, I received an email from Dun & Bradstreet with the subject line “New Complaint: 6733847,” stating that “Dun & Bradstreet has received the above-referenced complaint from one of your customers...” Why would anyone complain about me? Good spirited, full of hope, optimistic, persistent, cooperative, thoughtful, loyal friend, helpful, team player, genuine, [...]

Why is it so hard to do business in Illinois?

By Douglas L. Whitley The most important issues facing Illinois’ elected leaders are unacceptably high unemployment and the perennial public finance shortfalls exacerbated by a lagging economy. These are issues that can best be resolved by encouraging and facilitating private sector investment. Yet you would not know it by observing our governments’ performance. Time and [...]

Frack-IL-licious: Hydraulic Fracking comes to Illinois

By David A. Kelm Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” has garnered quite a bit of national and Illinois coverage lately. Stories of unparalleled job growth, U.S. energy independence and boom-times for rural parts of the country have been balanced by reports of environmental concerns, NIMBYism and “rose-colored glasses” syndrome. On June 17, Illinois finally put in [...]

Why we’re all in sales in now

By Tom Fitch While you might not have “sales” anywhere in your title, you probably spend a lot of time trying to convince other people to buy into what you’re saying. Whether it’s pitching a new idea to your coworkers or persuading the family that Nebraska is a better choice than Florida for vacation, you [...]

John Stremsterfer: Ready to change the world

By Courtney Westlake Editor’s Note: This new column by Courtney Westlake examines what drives successful business people. During a luncheon interview with Courtney Westlake at Café Brio, she will address issues like how they approach their business; how they make a tough decision; when do they decide to add staff; dealing with customers; interacting with competition; [...]

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