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Incubators show startup businesses that it’s OK to think small

When you want to make it big, why not think smaller? I’ve asked myself that many times through the years, watching fledgling businessmen struggle with their strategy.    Many of them closed their doors all too quickly because they failed to realize what they were getting into. They didn’t know their market. Or didn’t understand finances.…

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East St. Louis Amtrak station proposal years late, millions short

    When I was the executive director of the Southwestern Illinois Development Authority back in the 1990s, we created a fund that was devoted to the economic development of East St. Louis. The fund would generate millions of dollars over a couple of decades so we were taking a long-term, strategic view on its investment.   …

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