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Rod Shrader

Entries by Rod Shrader

At the Intersection of Entrepreneurship and Change: Health Care Legislation and the Economy

(18) Comments | Posted March 25, 2011 | 2:50 PM

There is no shortage of debate over the new health care legislation. Its provisions are far reaching and -- when implemented -- will usher in enormous change in the way health care is delivered in this country. I leave it to the politicians to sort out the ideological, financial, and...

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Social Entrepreneurship Growing Despite (or Perhaps Because of?) Economic Challenges

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 7:05 PM

Interesting things happen at the intersection of the Great Recession and the aspirations of the Millennial Generation. They are the young people I see every day in my work at the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at UIC and what I am observing will stand the "greed is good" philosophy on...

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The Chicago/China Connection

(4) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 5:51 PM

The principled stand by Google on how it will operate in China reminds us that behind the rules of business and politics lie judgments and decisions made by individuals. The more people in this nation and China understand how each other think, the closer they will be to making decisions...

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Celebrating the Contributions of Chicago Entrepreneurs

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 9:03 AM

Over the course of the past couple of months, my colleagues and I at UIC's Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies have been hard at work putting plans together for the 25th annual Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On February 25 we will welcome 22 new members to this...

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An Early Indicator of Recovery: Keep an Eye on the Students

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2009 | 10:03 AM

As we watch the economy start to twitch, showing signs of recovery, we hear a lot about "leading indicators." The stock market is a leading indicator, rising ahead of the general economy. Sadly, we are told, employment may well be a lagging indicator, with businesses wanting to make sure a...

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Bringing Chicago Innovation Into the Sunshine

(1) Comments | Posted July 29, 2009 | 5:29 PM

I'm convinced that the Chicago region can play a big part in the nation's economic recovery. It won't be courtesy of one big breakthrough. It will happen because the region has such a diverse economy that the sum of its parts will add up to something much bigger.

In my...

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Family Businesses May Have Advantages in Dealing With Recession

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 7:26 PM

When the history of this recession is written, it will be the story of how business responded to the challenge, worked its way through an enormous set of problems, and ultimately got back on track, generating profits and providing jobs. So much attention is focused on that single word "business"...

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The Pink Slip: Women and Layoffs in the Recession

(3) Comments | Posted April 13, 2009 | 5:30 PM

I noticed an interesting column in the Chicago Tribune a few days ago written by the fine journalist Greg Burns. He observed a persistent job gap that for once seemed to work in women's favor. He noted that the unemployment rate among men was about 8.8 percent compared with 7.32...

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Entrepreneurs and Optimism

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2009 | 3:54 PM

Read the papers and watch the news these days and the drumbeat of seriously bad economic news keeps rolling on.

An recent event at the Chicago Hilton and Towers reminded me that behind the macro trends is a very simple truth: the economy is made up of an enormous...

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