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Mellody Hobson, right, speaks with Sally Blount during the Women in the Forefront luncheon on April 15. (Courtesy of The Chicago Network)

“Bravery means that you’re fearful,” Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson said  to an audience of 1,600 during the annual Women in the Forefront luncheon last week. “You cannot be brave without fear. I think that’s more important than anything else, especially for women.” 

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Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the top business stories of the week, including Motorola Solutions' announcement that it will move from the suburbs to downtown, and news of a developer eyeing the Old Chicago Main Post Office.

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AbbVie, the research arm of Abbott Laboratories, bought the Dublin-based Shire pharmaceutical company last Friday for nearly $55 billion. We break down the economic impact this move will have on Chicago.

Tech Stock Drama

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The volatility of tech stocks are apparent today with an 18 percent plummet for Groupon as it moves from email-based business to a marketplace setting. Twitter also took a 20 percent hit this week. But analysts are buzzing about Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, some say it could have the largest initial public offering in tech history. 

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No one can dispute Arianna Huffington’s success in the business world. But after an accidental fall from exhaustion and lack of sleep, Huffington began asking herself – Is this really what success feels like? She shares her secrets on success. Read an excerpt of Huffington's book.

Chicago's $20 Million Club

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We’ll talk to Joe Cahill of Crain’s Chicago Business about Chicago’s $20 million club – the small group of area CEOs that earned $20 million or more last year. View a graphic of Chicago's top-earning CEOs.

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In one of the biggest acquisitions in American history, Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in stock. The deal would give Comcast approximately a third of the national cable market. So what would it mean for customers when the United States' number one cable operator buys the number two company? And will both the Federal Communications Commission and the Justice Department approve the massive deal?

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A community is divided by a plan to redevelop the site of the former Children's Memorial Hospital.  We'll hear why opponents of the proposal may no longer have a voice in the matter.
 

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists take a look at the prospects for local retailers this holiday season.

Black Friday Business Special

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue the conversation about holiday shopping and our local economy in our web extra video.

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A spate of financial scandals has created a crisis of confidence among many investors. We delve into the murky world of business ethics.

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The city may be saying that it's business as usual during the NATO summit -- but that's not what some downtown businesses are expecting. Find out why the gathering of world leaders is already causing a revenue drop in the Loop.

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A survey by Development Counselors International, a marketing firm specializing in economic development and travel marketing, ranks Illinois the third worst state to do business in -- in the nation.