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Episode 19 – Friendly Wash Throughout Chicago, a Laundromat

Tony describes doing business in Chicago as “great”. He worked as a real estate broker before opening a laundromat business. How did he choose the locations that would support the kind of business he was seeking to launch?

Episode 16 – Back of the Yards Coffee in Back of the Yards, a Coffee Shop

Jesse describes doing business in Chicago as “daunting”. His neighborhood views him as a huge asset and his business is profitable – so what’s in the way of his business’ growth?

Episode 15 – Nature’s Little Recyclers Throughout Chicago, a Composter

Ed and Dale describe doing business in Chicago as “tough”. They have faced skepticism from both their local communities and legislators. What challenges do they face as owners of a composting business in Chicago?

Episode 13 – Dearborn Denim of West Garfield Park, a Denim Brand and Manufacturer

Robert describes doing business in Chicago as full of “good people”. He says Chicago is one of the best places in America to launch an apparel manufacturing business. What about the city makes it a hospitable place for skilled workers in this industry?

Episode 12 – Boombox Throughout Chicago , an Architect and Developer

Katherine describes doing business in Chicago as “hilarious”. When she first had the idea to support micro-retail, it was illegal. In what ways has Katherine worked with City Hall to create processes that support microbusiness owners?

Episode 10 – Tea Squares of Englewood, a Food Manufacturer

Jordan describes doing business in Chicago as “aspirational”. He always wanted his business to benefit the local South Side community. What employment strategy has he chosen to further this mission?

Episode 7 – Chicago Primal Gym in Lakeview, a Gym

Sean and Grant describe doing business in Chicago as “a dream come true”. They began their business from Sean’s backyard and faced a variety of zoning challenges. What advice would they now give to self-employed gym owners?

Episode 6 – Right Way Signs in Wicker Park, Sign Company

Alex describes doing business in Chicago as “frustrating”. He began growing his father’s sign company in Evanston, but relocated to Chicago. What about the Windy City and its workforce drew him there?

Episode 4 – Upton’s Naturals in Austin, a Food Producer

Nicole and Dan describe doing business in Chicago as “resourceful”. They saved thousands when bringing their food space up to code. How did they do it?

Episode 3 – Middle Brow Beer Co. in Logan Square, a Brewery and Brewpub

Pete describes doing business in Chicago as “optimistic”. He followed a Brew Pub model, but how did outsourcing the production of his beer make him feel?