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Welcome back to the Wintrust Business Lunch folks!  The very-talented Amy Guth fills-in for Steve today to talk about the biggest stories in business on this side of the equator.  Tom Gimbel, the CEO of the LaSalle Network, kicks off the show by talking about how you can make performance reviews work for – rather than against – you. He’ll also take a look at some different methods you can take to make sure that your company kicks off the new year on the right foot.

Next, happiness coach Gina Marotta joins Amy to talk about how you can ensure that you’re employees are always happy at work.  Remember, a happy business is a successful one.

Then, Nancy Cummings of the La Grange Business Association and Rudy Flores of the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce discuss why small businesses and ma-and-pa stores are successfully growing in the Chicagoland area.

Later, Frank Sennett of Crain’s Chicago Business wraps up the show with a look at how the Magnificent Mile compares to other shopping districts across the nation – especially around this time of year.  All that and more on this episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch!