Transform Email Into Powerful Online Sales Presentations

by Christine Mortensen on June 17, 2014

PointDrive, email sales presentation

When email became readily available to the public in the early 1990’s it changed the way sales people interacted with clients, potential clients and possible leads. The door-to-door salesman quickly faded and instead a new world of opportunities surfaced. Since…

Casting a Wide Net: Strategies to Find Clients Online

by Christine Mortensen on May 28, 2014

Casting a Wide Net: Strategies to Find Clients Online

According to Gleanster Research, 50 percent of leads are qualified but not ready to buy, and just 25 percent are legitimate leads that should proceed to sales. The faster you can determine which leads are legit and which are back-burners,…

How to Start Your First Blog for Your New Company

by Guest Author on May 14, 2014

How to start a blog

Starting a blog for your new enterprise is a great idea. The list of blogging benefits is lengthy and irrefutable: you can better connect with consumers, humanize your business, gain more customers and so much more. Before you start whipping…

Looking For A Unique Culinary Experience? Try KitchenSurfing, A New Startup!

by Stella Fayman on May 13, 2014


Looking to be an early adopter in the culinary scene? Try KitchenSurfing, a new peer to peer marketplace connecting local chefs to those looking for unique meals. Stella reviews her Mother’s Day Extravaganza planned through the site.

From Growing Up On A Farm To Founding Twitter

by Tim Jahn on May 13, 2014

Ev Willams, founder of Twitter

I’m from Chicago, the third largest metropolitan area in the US, so I’m used to big. Big buildings, big traffic, big airports, a big lake, big beaches, big festivals, big weather. But for some people, big means something a bit…

Employee vs. Independent Contractor: Why Classification Matters [Infographic]

by Christine Mortensen on May 6, 2014

Contractor vs. Employee

Whether you’re hiring full-time staff or freelancers, you need to know how to classify workers to the satisfaction of the IRS – or possibly pay for it later. Conversely, if you’re offered a job but the company insists on paying…

What to Look For in a Startup Lawyer

by Tricia Meyer on May 2, 2014

What should I look for in a startup lawyer?

Q: “What should I look for in a startup lawyer?” An early stage startup company has different needs than most businesses, so it’s important to find an attorney that understands this in order to help protect the business from the…

What to Consider Before You Sign an Office Lease

by Christine Mortensen on May 1, 2014

What to Consider Before You Sign an Office Lease

Making a bad decision when it comes to choosing office space can have negative repercussions for any business, including loss of customers and a big impact on your bottom line. As many landlords prefer three to five year leases, it’s…

Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

by Guest Author on April 22, 2014

Lessons from Shark Tank: Stupid Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

As you might know, Shark Tank is a show on ABC where entrepreneurs pitch their product to investors in front of a live audience. While most of us will never pitch to investors on television, the pressure we feel in…

Legal Matters: What Are the Benefits of Where You Form an LLC?

by Christine Mortensen on April 16, 2014

Heather Harper

We asked our community what legal questions we could have answered for you and Heather Harper, who is speaking at our upcoming Law Summit on May 3rd responded: What are the benefits of forming an LLC in Illinois vs a foreign LLC…