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Made Right Here, In Belvidere

It’s loud, dangerous, and wonderful. The air smells and even tastes like petroleum lubricant and hot steel. I sneak a touch to the smooth, perfectly stamped hood. With shiny hard hat and fashionable safety glasses, I stand mere feet from giant presses which make door panels. If I close my eyes and go to my…

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Imma Be a CEO

If you’re hungry for the big $$, just become a CEO. Profits at big U.S. companies broke records last year, and so did pay for CEOs. The head of a typical public company made $9.6 million in 2011, according to an analysis by The Associated Press using data from Equilar, an executive pay research firm. But…

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Why Do a “To Do List” if We Don’t Do What’s On It?

Get more done…get more organized…more…more…more. “It’s really quite simple,” were the famous last words of my college physics professor. “Say what you will do, then do what you say.” This is a basic premise of a certain Quality Control system used in industry. Let’s try another tactic to get our daily tasks completed. “I’ll make…

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Zipcar-Sharing Is Caring

If fancy cars impress your new date, car sharing from Zipcar could be the way to create a memorable experience that will help cement a budding relationship. Does that sound materialistic? Shallow? Well, maybe it is, but just think of pulling up to the curb in a nice, shiny new red BMW convertible versus a…

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Sayonara Suckas

How does one QUIT a job properly? Tell the boss to “shove it”? Brood darkly, muttering “this place sucks!!!” while throwing picture frames, paperweights, and half dead cacti  into a box? Walking out the same day you resign? A new survey by OfficeTeam, a staffing service that specializes in placing administrative professionals, reveals some of…

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Put It HERE In May

Your money, that is. There’s a right time and a wrong time to make certain purchases. Depending on the season and your ability to wait for the best deals, you could save as much as 75% if you time your purchases right. What’s good for May? Mattresses. For the past two years, DealNews has seen…

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Getting a Top Executive Job

Getting a top executive job is not just for those with an MBA or higher degree these days. So what DOES an employer really want when trying to fill an executive-level position? Most hiring managers stated “relevant experience” was necessary, although about a third are open to those with no experience in the industry. Not…

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SAVE It, Don’t SPEND It

Your pockets are always empty. You missed the opening weekend of the Avengers because payday isn’t until the 11th. When your friends see you coming, they run for the hills because they think you need to “borrow a couple of bucks” until payday. What is wrong with this picture? Scratching your head, you ponder. “I…

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Wanna Frack? Finding Jobs in Tough Times

The latest reported national unemployment rate is 8.2%. Are you in that group and wondering just where you can find work? Grab a pick axe and head to South Texas, Oklahoma, or North Dakota where you can mine for oil. Why mining?  There have been vast improvements in how to extract difficult-to-reach shale oil, horizontal…

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Got a New Tech Business? Set up Shop HERE

Need a place to work your startup digital business? Get your rental applications in to 1871, a 50,000-square-foot work space for digital entrepreneurs at the Merchandise Mart. The name 1871 is derived from the resurgence of Chicago after the great fire of 1871. The space on the 12th floor can accommodate up to 500 people, or…

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