Networking for Introverts

“The Chamber?  Isn’t that just a networking group?” Well, first of all, no, it’s not “just” a networking group.  We create a supportive community for small business owners interested in becoming business leaders, learning and promoting their business.  We offer digital and “in real life” products and services to make that happen. Today I wonder…

Renewing Our Point of View

My favorite part of reality tv show “Project Runway” is Tim Gunn’s exhortations to budding designers that they find their “point of view.” One fashion designer might believe the world needs more beauty. Another’s perspective could be there should be no gender differences.  Designers refine and communicate their individual points of view throughout the series…

Your Passion Defines Your Path

My son graduated from culinary school this weekend in a lovely ceremony celebrating the hard work, internships and learning required to earn the title “Chef.”  We are very proud and excited to follow his future career choices in this wide-open, in-demand field. With opportunities that range from restaurant to corporate to small business to health…

B2C-2B: Events Serve Consumers and Businesses Alike

Our Fourth Annual Community Health and Wellness Fair is this weekend.  We are looking forward to a fabulous event for residents – but we are even more excited about what we created for the business community. On Sunday, April 29 from 11am – 3pm at the West Cook YMCA in Oak Park, the public is…

How Facebook Works

Mark Zuckerburg knows that you live in Oak Park; like kittens, pictures of newly remodeled kitchens and yoga; and follow social justice causes.  Using that information, he can create targeted ads aligned to your interests that will appear in your Facebook feed. So can I. Rest assured that I don’t know it is you and…

Small Town Marketing Gets Personal

One of my best friends would rather shovel manure all day than promote herself and her business to the community. Entrepreneurs are not always the extroverted, always-selling-it caricature you might imagine. Putting yourself out there is a humbling, risky proposition that does not come naturally to everyone.  Living and working in a small town can…