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Naperville natives pitch business on 'Shark Tank'
May 17, 2019 11:07 AM
Two Naperville natives recently took a dive into the "Shark Tank" and came out with a big bite.
Aurora resale shop grows as people declutter lives
Apr 18, 2019 2:08 PM
Teri Case, who opened Boutique Repeats + Gifts 12 years ago, has seen her business expand from an upscale consignment store to a one-stop shop that helps people declutter their lives through services like closet purging, moving, senior transition and estate sale management.
Wauconda company helps improve education in Madagascar
Mar 18, 2019 10:15 AM
Synergy Flavors, a global manufacturer of flavors and extracts for the food an beverage industry, is building two schools in Madagascar.
JJR Marketing founder finds new inspiration in aviation
Feb 13, 2019 1:00 AM
Jacquleine Camacho-Ruiz, president of JJR Marketing in Naperville, has led an "amazing" life. But she credits becoming an airplane pilot for giving her a renewed appreciation of life.
Bolingbrook's Wi-Tronix brings innovation to rail industry
Jan 17, 2019 1:00 AM
Larry Jordan co-founded Wi-Tronix in his basement in 2005, and it has grown to become a driving force in the innovation of the railroad industry, bring safety and efficiency systems into an industry that has a long and storied history in the Chicago area.
Klicki named Business Ledger editor
Business Ledger Staff Report
Dec 17, 2018 12:15 PM
Richard R. Klicki has been named editor of the Daily Herald Business Ledger, succeeding Kim Mikus, who resigned in November.
Prairie Grove firm's dryers makes splash in car wash industry
Nov 8, 2018 9:29 AM
Prairie Grove-based International Drying Corp. builds drying systems for car washes that are designed to be quieter and more energy efficient than other systems.
Schaumburg company makes knobs, fasteners for many industries
Oct 23, 2018 7:33 AM
Nobody thinks about that knob, quick-release pin, or handle that you grab on the various machines you encounter, but they're made somewhere. And the odds are good that they were made at Schaumburg's Innovative Components.
Hotel apps expand to give guest more control over their stay
By Richard Klicki
Oct 17, 2018 1:00 AM
Originally created to provide regular customers with special perks and rewards, major hotel chains have expanded their loyalty apps to give regular customers more control over their stay through their mobile devices.
Elmhurst's Stenograph dominates shorthand industry for 80 years
Sep 17, 2018 11:15 AM
Since the first machine was sold 80 years ago, Elmhurst-based Stenograph LLC's reputation for quality, accuracy and customer service has commanded almost 90 percent share among the half-dozen companies in the market, making the name synomimous with court and legal shorthand reporting.
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Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto: Is AI the future of HR?
Even if you didn't grow up in the 1980s, you probably know at least some of the lyrics to the Styx classic "Mr. Roboto." For example, you may be familiar with this line: "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, for doing the jobs that nobody wants to." Dennis DeYoung, the prescient Styx songwriter, was interviewed by Billboard magazine last July about the fact that the band had recently added Mr. Roboto back into its concert play list for the first time in 35 years. DeYoung said the band had begun playing the song again because fans as young as 12 years old have been requesting it during virtually every recent concert. The same summer that Styx was adding "Mr. Roboto" back to its set list, Fast Company business magazine ran a story entitled, "How to Nail an Interview with a Chatbot." The HR lawyer in me believes these stories are related, and they are saying something important about the direction of our culture and about HR. AI may be the future of HR, but it may not be as easy as we think to get there. If that is the case, lawyers and politicians will be to blame.
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