Despite its endless wealth of information and revolutionary dissemination outlets, the internet has a clear downside: the ability to deceive with ease. Add in humanity's natural greed—and the chance to make a quick buck—every product sold online suddenly deserves a sniff test before purchase. That's where Marketfy comes in. A marketplace for Wall Street aces and at-home traders alike, Marketfy painstakingly filters through a host of financial products, picking and choosing the industry's top tools for sale in its accessible store. Before any item, from a simple newsletter to an exhaustive educational webinar, lands a spot on Marketfy's virtual shelves, it and the maven behind it must first pass a rigorous quality-assurance and background check—Marketfly's safeguard against manipulation, deception, and mannequins posing as trading geniuses. Personal concierges oversee these verified products, standing ready to answer questions and offer advice on the tools that best mesh with each member's trading style and abilities.
Since Dr. Stanley Pearle opened the doors to the first Pearle Vision in 1961, the franchise has expanded to more than 800 stores nationwide. In these stores, optometrists assess the ocular health of patients before onsite opticians help them navigate the assortment of frames from brands such as Versace, Ray-Ban, and DKNY. If they're not in the store, clients can utilize the Try-On tool, uploading a photo to see what they or their dog looks like in different types of glasses. Pearle Vision also helps focus the world with contacts from Acuvue and Biofinity.
April 15 is often a day of dread, but it doesn't have to be. At least, that's the motto of Ted Galatsianos, the tax expert behind Ops Accounting. With nearly two decades of professional experience and successful service to his clients, Ted helps individuals and small businesses reduce their tax burdens and make the most out of their refunds. Ted also helps clients modernize their record-keeping systems, touting the advantages of storing records in the cloud instead of sewing all receipts to the inside of a quilt.
At Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen, fourth-generation Raskins work alongside their parents to maintain their family's legacy of crafting homestyle Jewish-American fare for more than half a century. Within a classic cafeteria setting decorated with news clippings, photos, and thumb-wrestling second graders, chefs draw from practiced recipes for matzo-ball soup, house-made chocolate phosphates, chewy latke, and sandwiches lauded by Time Out Chicago. Hand-decorated cookies, made with the same care as the corned beef, are composed of high-quality ingredients and real butter, and arranged in themed baskets. Manny's famous corned beef, piled with three-quarters of a pound of juicy brisket, woos tongues without writing a love poem in chocolate sauce.
MidVenturesLAUNCH, the Midwest's largest startup and innovation conference, boasts more than 50 hours of events and programs, including a dozen workshops, 60+ speakers and panelists, 25 product launches, and a bevy of swirling discussion over the future of Web 2.0 technology. Conference-goers will have a multitude of chances to mingle, network, and lend ears to entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, members of the media, and a variety of tech- and business-savvy folks. Speakers include Internet elites such as the founders of OpenTable, Reddit, and some company that sells online deals using group buying power and cats. For complete details and scheduling, check out the official midVenturesLAUNCH website.
Having a professional prepare your taxes is definitely the way to go. If you self-prepare your taxes, you might fail to maximize your refund (or minimize the additional money you may owe the government). Worse, you could file something incorrectly (your beanie babies are not eligible dependents), and put yourself at risk if you're ever selected for an audit. Victory makes sure you get what you're owed, but also goes the extra mile to provide a personal touch. They're a small company that truly cares about their clients. When we met the Victory Tax preparers, they emitted waves of niceness and tax savvy that were visible to the naked eye. They take the extra step, teaching you to stay tax-lean and improve your tax situation year over year.