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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:51 AM
  • Even when he was growing up in Lake Zurich, Ryan Coon knew he had an entrepreneurial spirit. That entrepreneurial path has led Coon from the suburbs to Chicago and now Silicon Valley, where he is working to grow his online business Rentalutions into what he hopes will become the standard for the rental property industry.
  • Women comprise about one half of the nation’s workforce, yet they only make up 9 percent of the nation’s information technology workforce. It’s a large gap in an industry already dealing with another gap — the one between the number of available jobs and skilled workers needed to fill them. 
  • While the reality of ethanol hasn’t lived up to its hopes, the Midwest — and the suburbs in particular — are once again at ground zero for a new technology that has the potential of reducing the country’s reliance on fossil fuels. 
  • It’s been a year of change for the Elgin Technology Center. With a new board of directors in place and new Executive Director Michael Copeland taking the helm from founder Lasse Ingebretsen in 2013, the ETC was set to move to the next level of becoming a suburban center for local technology entrepreneurs. 
  • You’ve gone though the interview, the background check, the reference calls and other vetting to make sure the employee you hire doesn’t potentially damage your business or its reputation. But what happens when things change after that employee starts? 
  • Does your business have an app? Does it have a mobile technology strategy? If you said yes to both, you’re obviously keeping in step as mobile device use continues to grow in the marketplace. And according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, you’re likely ahead of your competition. 
  • After 30 years of being an educational and informational resource for the information technology industry, Downers Grove-based CompTIA is changing its membership structure to open its online information base to anyone who wants access to it. 
  • The time has come to part ways with the Windows XP operating platform, the stalwart of business IT systems for more than a decade. As of April 8, Microsoft ended its support for that version of its ubiquitous Windows operating platform. 
  • Don't write an obituary for newspapers yet. The Arlington Heights based Daily Herald, for example, is finding new revenue streams by helping local businesses make themselves stand out in the digital world. 
  • The U.S. Curling Team may have come up short in the race for medals at last month’s 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Volo-based tech company Atom AMPD earned gold for making sure the team’s websites and wireless operations were safe and secure while they were there. 
  • There’s no argument that education is the foundation for a successful life. But what is the foundation of a successful education system? It’s today’s online world, many would argue it’s a sound IT networking infrastructure the supports the ability to teach the children. 
  • When you mention innovation incubators, the talk usually revolves around downtown Chicago-based groups such as 1871 and Lightbank. But an initiative being launched and supported by DuPage County plans to put the suburbs in that discussion as well. 
  • A bit over a decade ago, the online travel website Orbitz came into being, and its impact has forever changed the way we plan our
    vacations. Today, one of the members of that Orbitz group has set his sights on doing the same thing to corporate travel. 
  • What can Miley Cyrus and Paula Deen teach you about your business? How they handled themselves in the past year made a significant impact on their professional brand — both good and bad. And knowing what worked — and what didn’t — for them can help you promote your brand in 2014. 
  • Your employees are relying more and more on their mobile devices today to do business. Are they confident you’re supplying them with all the tools necessary to successfully do that? 

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