I’m looking for those blogging and hosting forums ABOUT Chicago business, especially small business and entrepreneurship. Not Chicago bloggers talking about other topics. Here are my findings:
Bob Reed, “I’m what they call a “veteran” business journalist and commentator.”
Scope: “News, views and comments on Chicago-area business and beyond.”
Sample Post: BW Chicago, Obama’s Powerful Backers based on the new Business Week Chicago publication.
Matt McCall, “I work in the Windy City and am a co-founder and Managing Director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson Portage Venture Partners.”
Scope: “To encourage dialog between entrepreneurs and the proverbial dark side. For many entrepreneurs, the venture world is needlessly opaque and confusing. Venture principles, processes and norms are relatively straight forward, but not commonly understood. With a Windy City twist, this blog will try to shed light on the world ‘behind the curtain’.”
Sample Post: TechCocktail Conference Chicago
David Dalka “is a business development and marketing strategy leader who has created revenue and retention in exponential growth organizations which thrive on learning and innovating from customer listening.”
Scope: Journal of Social Media, Local/Mobile Search Marketing and Business Development/Marketing/Sales Leadership
Sample Post: Best of Show: Chicago Global Food Show and Expo 2008
Mark Konkol, journalist with the Chicago Sun Times
Scope: “Covers city neighborhoods for the Chicago Sun-Times”
Sample Post: Lakeview Merchants Create Gift Cards to Keep Cash in the Neighborhood
Scope: “BusinessPOV.com is an online video magazine featuring completely original, locally produced video profiles of companies, people and products that drive innovation and entrepreneurship in Chicago and beyond.”
Sample Post: Encore: Top CEO’s On Innovation
Kirsten Osolind, CEO and founder of Re:Invention Marketing
Scope: “Specializing in B2B marketing – Helps companies market their products and services to women.” Seems to have many entrepreneurial and other resources for women business owners.
Sample Post: Ladies Who Launch Set for This Coming Saturday
Jonathan Andrew Wolter, Application Developer at ThoughtWorks
Scope: “Tech Social specializes in connecting Chicago’s Technology and Entrepreneurship communities to interesting events. Technologists and business people who want to start businesses need to get out and meet each other. Tech Social facilitates that by providing updated calendar of high tech seminars, talks, clubs, meetings, meetups, etc.”
Sample Post: Updated Location: Bridge2Growth June 4 Chicago Briefing
Adam Fendelman, MidwestBusiness.com. No posts since 2007?
Scope: “Business technology news”
Sample Post: Midwest.com Podcast 2.0
Aggregators of Blog Posts
Scope: Aggregates mostly article feeds from the Trib, Sun Times and Crains Chicago Business.
Sample Post: Career Education’s Culinary Leader Leaving
Started by a group of internet veterans, YourStreet.com is based in San Francisco
Scope: “Business news for Chicago, IL updated every hour. Also choose from 89 Neighborhoods in Chicago” Groups stories about the topic of local business, but you have to scroll down on the lower right and click “business.” (Come on, guys, give us a direct hyperlink to biz.)
Sample Post: ENCORE: Mesirow Financial CEO James Tyree
Trib’s Best Business Blogs
And I’m including three that the Chicago Tribune anointed:
Jason Fried, founder, 37 Signals
Scope: “This is Signal vs. Noise, a weblog by 37signals about design, business, experience, simplicity, the web, culture, and more. Established 1999 in Chicago.”
Sample Post: How “Why Startups Fail” Fails
David Armano. VP of Experience Design with Critical Mass
Scope: “This is his personal blog where he shares thoughts + opinions that are solely his own. Logic+Emotion exists at the intersection of business + experience design-where passive consumers become active participants.”
Sample Post: Are You Obsessed? You Should Be.
Todd Andrlik, “Really, all you need to know is that I’m passionate about marketing, media and PR”
Scope: “…this blog is my outlet for random personal thoughts and discoveries about the very serious but often comical crossroads of marketing and media.”
Sample Post: Chicago’s Best Blogs
Help me out here. Who’d I miss? Leave me a comment, please.