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Episode 29 – R.B. Pest Solutions, Pest Control in Chatham

Robi says doing business in Chicago is “exciting.” She grew up watching her dad work as an exterminator. Then, after working as a business educator for a couple of years, she decided to start her own pest control company. What kind of licenses did she need to kickstart her business?

Episode 28 – Catalyst Ranch, Creative Meeting and Event Space in Chicago Loop

Eva says doing business in Chicago is “challenging.” That’s putting it lightly! This founder of Catalyst Ranch, a creative meeting and event space in historic downtown Chicago, has run around in circles and jumped through hoops many times for everything from expanding their physical location, to getting the proper licensing to offer catering at their events, to getting a sign that people can actually see from the street. Find out why, despite these obstacles, Eva has no plans to leave Chicago and how she made the leap from corporate employee to thriving entrepreneur.

Episode 22 – Lobster Gram of Mayfair Park, a Food Distributor

Dan describes doing business in Chicago as “entrepreneurial”. He built a market for shipping seafood from the trunk of his car. How has he handled the challenges of maintaining a potentially hazardous food business?

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?

Just Ice in Back of the Yards, a Craft Ice Producer

Rosanna describes doing business in Chicago as “a new thing every day”. When she opened her craft ice business she had no competitors in Chicago. How did Rosanna go about navigating a new industry?

Episode 14 – Saucy Porka in The Loop & Hyde Park, a Restaurant

Amy describes doing business in Chicago as “rewarding but frustrating”. When she began operating her food truck business Amy had no idea she would end up launching the Food Truck Association and advocating for new legislation. What advice would she now give to small business owners looking to engage with City Hall and influence policy?

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 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 9 – Urban Roots Inc. of Bronzeville, a Lawn Care Company

Jimmie and Tiffany describe doing business in Chicago as “full of opportunity”. As minority owners of a landscaping business, what do they think the city of Chicago is doing right?

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?