Business Travel Destination Spotlight

Chicago – the city that has it all – from a diverse population, world-class educational institutions, and sensational restaurants to a breathtaking skyline and countless museums. Dubbed the ‘Windy City’ in 1893 by Charles Dana, the editor of the New York Sun – not for its weather but for its long-winded politicians, Chicago has grown from a village of just 350 to a bustling city of almost three million.

Transportation

Airports Serving Chicago

There are two airports that service the Chicago area – O’Hare International and Midway. O’Hare (ORD) is the larger of the two airports, servicing over 70 million travelers per year. Located 20 miles from downtown, there are many transportation options including public transport, taxis, shuttle services and hire cars.

O’Hare is an airport full of modern amenities and services. Recent upgrades have been completed at the International Terminal 5 and additional renovations are underway at Terminals 2 and 3. Expected completion date is later this year.

Midway (MDW) is significantly smaller than O’Hare, serving 17 million travelers per year, but is only 10 miles from downtown. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers transportation from Midway to downtown Chicago via the orange line buses. Other shuttles, regional buses and of course taxis and car services also offer transportation to downtown.

Midway has all of the amenities that you would expect from a major airport, including restaurants and gift shops. You can do some sight seeing in Concourse A where the Battle of Midway Memorial and an SBD Dauntless dive bomber are housed.

Getting Around Chicago

Getting around town is much easier in Chicago than in some other big cities. Renting a car is a good option if you need to visit different locations during your visit. The city has several major highways, but plan to avoid them from about 7 am to 9 am and 4 pm to 7 pm on weekdays – the traffic delays can be very frustrating. To avoid traffic delays, the train system in Chicago can get you almost anywhere in the city – making it another good choice for business travelers that are sticking to downtown.

The Loop is the heart of the downtown business district – named for the elevated train tracks that circle the area. All of the cities addresses begin at the corner of Sate and Madison streets in The Loop, making the streets easy to navigate. Each 400 increment in an address equals one half mile.

What to See

There is an endless list of things to see and do while in Chicago. If you like to shop, be sure to check out The Magnificent Mile, a one-mile stretch of shops between the Chicago River and Oak Street Beach. There are also numerous internationally known museums in the city. The Field Museum of Natural History is home to the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil and the Art Institute of Chicago is famous for its collection of French Impressionists art.

Ring Up Big Profits in Your In-Home Business With Products For Pets and Their Owners

Make your in-home business shine with these great products for pets and their owners. Nothing is too good for the pets that love and take care of you. Pets are considered a member of the family. Giving them a gift delights children in the family as well as adults.

The market for pet products is massive and getting bigger. According to industry statistics, this market is slated to continue its rapid growth in the years ahead.

The market for pet care is made up of two major areas. The first is for pet services. This includes pet sitting, pet boarding, veterinary services, bereavement and funeral services, training, grooming, adoption services, pet transport, pet pharmacy and health insurance.

The second area has to do with actual pet products such as carriers, harnesses, beds, and treats. This area also includes gifts for pet owners. Such gifts may be jewelry with images of pets, pet paintings, pet name scrolls and pet tee shirts.

Here are 7 of the best selling products for pets and their owners

1) Outdoor Cat Playhouse. Your indoor cat can play in the safety of his own playhouse out on the lawn. This house is made of water resistant nylon netting. Inside are sturdy shelves for the cat to rest on while shaded from the sun. It is held up by a rugged frame that is secured to the ground by stakes. Attention: this playhouse does not protect the cat from dogs or other animals.

2) Car Seat for Rex. Everybody needs to buckle up when going out for a ride in the car – even the dog. His seat is washable and fleece-lined with a seatbelt and a strap to clip onto his safety harness. It is easily fastened to the window seat so he can gaze out in complete security.

3) Outdoor Play Tunnel for Cats. Let your indoor cat enjoy the great outdoors safely in his fantastic nylon net tunnel. The tunnel quickly compresses for indoor storage. It unfolds instantly and is held secure by ground pegs. It has a zippered opening and can be made longer by attaching a second tunnel. Attention: this playhouse does not protect the cat from dogs or other animals.

4) Dog’s Backpack. Everyone likes this backpack including the dog. The backpack holds enough drinking water for the dog to last him for a long hike on a wilderness trail. A rear pocket even has room for a bone. A hose allows the water to run into a cup or bowl. This is also good to take along on for a trot on the big city streets.

5) Bracelet Watch with Pet Motive. This year’s hot seller is a ladies wrist watch with a bracelet made of figures of dogs or cats strung together. This bracelet watch is both dressy and sporty and looks neat for most casual occasions. It distinguishes the wearer as a “pet person” and is a terrific conversation starter.

6) Travel Carriers. Travel carriers are constant best sellers. They come in various sizes and are just right for transporting cats and small dogs. Some carriers are outfitted with wheels and pull handles for easy rolling along sidewalks. Some airlines allow cats in carriers to ride in the cabin at the feet of their owner. Check with each airline on a regular basis to find out the latest regulations and the size of the carrier they permit.

7) Pet Beds. One of the first items new pet owners buy is a bed for their pet. An exciting new style bed is an “off the ground” bed. It is made of rugged canvas stretched across a steel frame. It is similar to a camping cot for humans. It keeps the pet off the cold stone floor or bare ground.

Drop shipping the above items is the easiest way to offer them to customers. Your only job is taking orders and payment. The drop shipper handles storage, insurance, shipping and returns.

Products for pets may be a golden opportunity for you and your in-home business.

Col Rex Applegate and the Ultimate Book on Defensive Tactics Kill Or Get Killed

There are a lot of books out there about close combat, a few are even worth reading, but the quintessential close quarters combat and defensive tactics book is Kill or Get Killed. If you want to get an inside look at the skills that will help you survive real combat you need to read Kill or Get Killed. In the pages of this classic work is everything you need to know about close combat and self defense as well as how to handle riots and firefights. First published in 1943 to help Allied soldiers in their fight against the Axis powers, it has been revised several times. Even to this day it still helps police officers and soldiers in countless situations. Its author Colonel Rex Applegate learned close combat from the best, and what he wrote cannot be ignored by anyone serious about being a modern warrior.

Born in Oregon on June 21 1914 Applegate’s family tree includes heroes of the American Revolution and pioneers who settled in the Pacific Northwest. Applegate grew up in Oregon and early on he developed a love for the wilderness. One of his first teachers was his Uncle Gus Peret, an employee of Remington firearms, who taught the young Applegate not to aim at targets, but to point and shoot instinctively and convulsively. By the time Rex Applegate graduated the University of Oregon with a business degree he was already a crack shot. The 6’3″ and powerfully built Applegate excelled at football. But it was here Applegate began his military career when he took part in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). His first assignment would be with the 3rd Infantry Division, an Army Reserve unit that was based out of Fort Lewis Washington.

Prior to the outbreak of World War II Applegate spent his spare time doing research into firefights. His thirst for knowledge about real hand to hand gun fights began extensive research that included police reports and accounts of gunfighters in the old west. The research supported what he already believed; police officers and soldiers weren’t being taught what they needed to know to survive a real life gun fight.

Applegate was openly critical of the training the military provided, but instead of getting the proverbial “shaft” he was given an opportunity. Col. Applegate received a commission in the regular Army. When the United States joined the fight against the Axis powers Applegate was eager to go, but he would instead be recruited into America’s fledgling clandestine intelligence community.

Before WWII there were no elite military units or intelligence gathering agencies. Any units that had existed prior to the war had long since been disbanded. There weren’t even facilities to train new personnel. In the wake of Japan’s 1941 attack the military rushed to adapt to meet the new threat, so the Allies began from scratch, setting secret training camps like Camp Richie in Maryland all over North America and England. Applegate along with others was called in to make the best recruits even better, so the Allies could take the war to the Axis.

Before any recruits could be trained, the instructors had to be trained. They were given a crash course in combat martial arts by British Colonel William E. Fairbairn. At the start of training most of the American instructors thought they had little to learn from the British who had only been losing the war up to that point. Though Fairbairn was a veteran police officer and Royal Marine he looked too many like a kindly gray haired school teacher and was hardly intimidating. Fairbairn put an end to any of the misconceptions the American instructors might have had when Fairbairn took on the much stronger and larger Applegate tossed with him with ease into a crowd during a self defense demonstration. From that point forward everyone was willing to listen to what Fairbairn had to say when it came to hand to hand combat.

Though exact numbers are unknown it is believed that some 10,000 recruits trained at Camp Richie where they learned how to take out enemy sentries, hand-to-hand combat, close combat shooting, and other espionage techniques. It was at Camp Ritchie that Applegate and Fairbairn discovered they shared similar views on shooting. Col Applegate quickly learned the importance of martial arts in close combat situations. A point should be made that both men and women received the same training at Camp Ritchie. Many of those men and women were deployed throughout Europe and the Pacific. Commandos and secret agents would help turn the tide of the war, and would set the ground work for Special Forces units in the future.

After the war Applegate would continue to have adventures and keep learning. He would go south of the border as a representative for several American firearms manufactures, and would advise Mexican soldiers and police officers on how to deal with riots and guerrilla fighters. At first they didn’t think they could learn much from a gringo, but is short time Col Rex Applegate’s skills impressed and training were so effective that to this day, his methods are still taught in Mexico.

When Applegate returned to the United States, he would travel and lecture about tactics and training for both law enforcement and military organizations. He would advise the military in during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He authored a number of books and even helped design a number of combat knives (the most famous is the applegate-fairbairn fighting knife). He would continue to update his master work Kill or Get Killed, incorporating changes in technology, but the fundamentals always remained sound. If you’re serious about learning about close quarter combat tactics then you’d better pickup a copy.