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2014 Custom Apparel Online Catalog

2014 Custom Apparel Online Catalog

PBeCREATIVE 2014 Custom Apparel Catalog Are you planning an event and looking to make it memorable? Or are you launching a business and want to create brand recognition? Are you on a team, in a band, part of a club or just have a great…

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Social Media Blunders – Beware!

Social Media Blunders – Beware!

When the thumb is faster than the thought. As the popularity of social media continues to accelerate, it’s no surprise that famous faces and well-known brands are increasingly using these platforms to reach the people responsible for their fame. The power of these social media…

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The Future of Marketing

The Future of Marketing

As a designer and entrepreneur, I try to absorb as much about marketing as I can. Though with our busy schedule I have to take what I can in small doses, which is why I like infographics so much. Marketing is an industry that is…

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Beardvertising – The Absurd and Not-So-Awesome Advertising Campaign…or is it?

Beardvertising – The Absurd and Not-So-Awesome Advertising Campaign…or is it?

We here at PBeCreative love creative, out-of-the box thinking, and we love stumbling upon interesting and sometimes absurd methods of advertising. Here’s one idea that probably should have stayed and simmered in the stew-pot a bit longer, but still, we loved it enough to share with…

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What’s wrong with this infographic?

What’s wrong with this infographic?

What’s wrong with this infographic? Does anyone else find something wonky about this illustration? I found this one published online at visual.ly, which has a nice collection of infographics. Maybe its just me. Now, I have to admit that on more than one occasion on…

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So, You Want to Be a Graphic Designer?

So, You Want to Be a Graphic Designer?

So, you’ve been thinking about becoming a graphic designer? That’s great! But are you sure you have the chops? Have you asked yourself recently, “What does it take to be a graphic designer?”. Welcome to the club, even after 15 years I ask myself the same question….

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Your Story Matters – 7 Important Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned

Your Story Matters – 7 Important Entrepreneurial Lessons Learned

I am a fan of a good story. A well spun story can sell a product, deliver a message and make people want to learn more. That’s what marketing is all about. I came across a great short article on Technori this afternoon and wanted to share. The…

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What Makes for a Good Creative Brief?

What Makes for a Good Creative Brief?

Lately, I’ve been taking on bigger and more complex projects than just logos and spot illustrations. My clients have been great. They really know their stuff. One of the best things about my job is learning about my clients businesses, their goals, their dreams and aspirations…

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What Makes Your Business Creative?

What Makes Your Business Creative?

What makes your business creative? I really want to know, and we want to share it with the rest of Chicago. Recently, I’ve begun writing a blog on ChicagoNow.com called Creativity Connects Chicago (http://www.chicagonow.com/creativity-connects-chicago) and it’s gotten some pretty good response. I have been able…

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Test your startup idea without wasting time or money.

Test your startup idea without wasting time or money.

Validation Board by LeanStartupMachine.com Are you sitting on the next big idea? Do you have a great startup waiting in the wings. Before you take the first steps, why not give Validation Board a try? I have a few ideas myself that I plan to…

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Mantone 2013 Color Forecast via LunchBreath

Mantone 2013 Color Forecast via LunchBreath

I love a good illustration and a good illustration with appropriate color, content and information – even better! I came across Lunchbreath.com via Design Taxi and wanted to share some creative thinking. So here is the Mantone 2013 Color forecast infographic via LunchBreath.com! Gentlemen, what…

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6 Essential Steps for Small Business Success

6 Essential Steps for Small Business Success

Are you wondering what essential steps you need to take to make your business a success? This infographic outlines the basics – from Ideation to sales. Every business starts out as an idea and individuals aren’t sure how or where to begin, to start their…

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Your Life Improved With 50 Simply Awesome Tips and Bacon!

Your Life Improved With 50 Simply Awesome Tips and Bacon!

Life hacks are little ways to make our lives easier. These low-budget tips and trick can help you organize and de-clutter space; prolong and preserve your products; or teach you something (e.g., tie a full Windsor) that you simply did not know before. Most of…

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17 Simple Tips On Working At A Startup – Owning the Experience

17 Simple Tips On Working At A Startup – Owning the Experience

I found these tips via Dharmesh Shah’s post on linkedin. I thought they were insightful and worthy of sharing with my readers. They help to answer the question, “What are some of the things I should keep in mind to get the most out of…

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Jessica Marriott – Climbing Her Own Mount Everest

Jessica Marriott – Climbing Her Own Mount Everest

Recently, I had the good fortune of meeting and working with a creative entrepreneur – namely Jessica Marriott of Tantrum Bags. I was fortunate to experience and see, first-hand, how someone with a creative vision, tenacity and hard work, take an idea and a dream…

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Our 2012 Blog – Annual Report

Our 2012 Blog – Annual Report

What began as a creative outlet and online portfolio has evolved into PBeCREATIVE a site offering services, support and information for those seeking creative services and small business support. Far from being professional bloggers, we have delved into the world of online information and doing…

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The Evolution of Recruiting – an Infographic

The Evolution of Recruiting – an Infographic

Recruiters have evolved with the times, but what does the future hold? The recruiter of today is unrecognizable from even a few years ago. As technology changes every industry, recruiters have been impacted particularly hard. We at PBeCREATIVE offer specialized recruiting services to our clients…

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Recruitment Industry Survey – Common Lies Told by Jobseekers

Recruitment Industry Survey – Common Lies Told by Jobseekers

Common Lies Seen by the Recruitment Industry – via Yolk Recruitment The competition is fierce in the job seeking market nowadays. It’s hard to resist embellishing your credentials a bit in order to get the edge on the competition. According to Yolk Recruitment, a recent survey…

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SOMETHING VENTURED – Film Captures Early Years of Venture Capital

SOMETHING VENTURED – Film Captures Early Years of Venture Capital

SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine,…

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What Is a Coworking Space?

What Is a Coworking Space?

If you are an independent designer / freelancer, you probably are accustomed to networking with other like-minded creatives. If you are not doing so, I highly recommend it. Fellow creatives can be some of your best referrals and a great support system as well. It…

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Turbo-thon for a Cause – Support this Creative Chicago NFP

Turbo-thon for a Cause – Support this Creative Chicago NFP

We at PBeCREATIVE had the pleasure and opportunity to supply Turbo-thon for a Cause with their fundraising  t-shirts. The event is right around the corner. Below are the details. There is still time to support this good cause. See the details here: Turbo-thon for a…

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Why Everyone Needs an Elevator Pitch

Why Everyone Needs an Elevator Pitch

For the Entrepreneur As Thomas Jefferson said, the most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. Perhaps that sentiment has never been more apt than in the age of Twitter. Brevity is an asset online, but in…

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Call for Artists – UAR Women of All Colors Art Show

Call for Artists – UAR Women of All Colors Art Show

Women of All Colors Art Show: February 9-March 23, 2013 www.urbanartretreat.com contact@urbanartretreat.com Proposed for February/March 2013, now accepting proposed images for the show from women from around the globe. Especially interested in art by women about their lives, about what concerns them, about difficult issues…

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Chicago’s Creative Community Is Getting Connected.

Chicago’s Creative Community Is Getting Connected.

We at PBeCREATIVE are on the prowl for Creativity and Creative Thinkers. Being a creative company ourselves, we are very supportive of the arts and of small business. We understand how under-served the arts have been of late and have given some thought to how…

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Small Business Owner – You are a Salesperson

Small Business Owner – You are a Salesperson

Did you know that it took 38 years for the radio to reach 50 million people, yet only 9 months for Twitter to reach the same number. So what does this mean for salesmen? Today, seventy percent of the buying process is completed before the…

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