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New website offers tools for small entrepreneurs, job seekers
By Anna Marie Kukec | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 8/20/2010 12:00 AM

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Entrepreneurs have another tool to improve their businesses after this week's launch of budgetpreneur.com, aimed at providing free or low-cost resources that also can help job seekers polish their skills.

Those skills include how to use social media as marketing tools for themselves and for businesses, said founder Yvonne F. Brown of Chicago.

"I created it for a lot of people out there who are out of work and can't easily find a job," said Brown, who also has her own website, www.yvonnefbrown.com, to promote her public speaking and teaching skills. She has taught classes at College of DuPage, Roosevelt University and the University of Illinois at Chicago, she said.

Budgetpreneur aggregates a lot of material from around the Internet and places it all in one portal. It allows small business people and even job seekers to "take control of their own destiny," she said.

You can tap many of the general resources for free. But accessing any video or audio programs will cost about $5 a week for up to 12 months, she said.

Resources include time management, website creation and productivity tools. It also allows you to manage your business online and put information all in one easy-to-find location, she said.

"If you can type, you can do this," she said.

Surfing: Go800 (www.go800corp.com) launched this week to connect advertisers and consumers. It was previewed by area advertising agency executives in Chicago. Go800 uses cell phone text messaging technology to allow consumers to simply text a brand or keyword found on an advertisement, and seconds later get a call from a real person representing that advertiser. Sears, Walmart, BestBuy and others have already been included. Be warned, your texting package fees apply.

• Oakbrook Terrace-based CompTia (www.comptia.org), a nonprofit association for IT professionals, will work with business coaches to make their mentoring and other services available to more companies.

• The Midwest Clean Tech 2010 and International Manufacturing Technology Show team up Sept. 14-15 at Chicago's McCormick Place. See www.MidwestCleanTech2010.com.

ChicagoGroupInsurance.net launched this week to connect individuals with a group health insurance agent regarding a prospective plan.

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