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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?

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?

Vested World in The Loop, an Angel Investor

Euler describes doing business in Chicago as “extremely collaborative”. As a lawyer, he focused on transactional work. How has his legal background informed the way he approaches the promotion of economic development in underserved areas?

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 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 11 – Chicago Detours in The Loop, a Tour Guide Company

Amanda describes doing business in Chicago as ‘stimulating’. She built a market of Chicagoans interested in off-the-beaten path tourism. Where does she travel to show Chicago’s historic side?

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?