• Entrepreneurship & The Growth of Something Great: Panel Discussion & Networking
    IN ORDER TO ATTEND, PLEASE SIGN UP TO THE EVENT HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-the-growth-of-something-great-panel-networking-tickets-39705824189 No one ever said entrepreneurship was easy. From finding the right co-founder to getting your first multi-million dollar round of funding, we deal with A LOT along the way. And, believe it or not, Google doesn’t always have all the answers to your questions! That is why we teamed up with some amazing local Chicago entrepreneurs who have committed so much of their time (not to mention hard-earned dollars) into building their own businesses. For our event, Entrepreneurship & The Growth of Something Great, we have invited entrepreneurs at different stages of their businesses to participate in an informative and exciting panel. We want to shy away from some of those commonly asked questions that we hear at other panel discussions, but to go one step further and drill deeper into our entrepreneurs’ minds. PLUS, the audience will have abundant time to ask their own questions. The Timeline: 5:30-6:30 Networking 6:30-7:00 Panel Discussion 7:00-7:30 Audience Q&A 7:30-8:30 Networking Our Panelists: Michael Timpone (https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaeltimpone/): Founder @ Kapow (https://www.kapow.com/) Kapow connects companies with venues to book unique client events online in real-time. Our curated marketplace offers a more efficient way for companies to book events designed to acquire, engage and retain clients. Our suite of online tools covers events from start to finish at no additional cost. Kapow has received 1.6M in funding to date and is continuing to bring amazing events to corporations. - Ross Peterson (https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosswpetersen/): Founder @ Blitsy (https://blitsy.com/) Ross is a serial creative entrepreneur who has launched multiple businesses over the past few years. His first business, ScrapHD, was acquired on September 15th, 2010. Since then, Ross has acted as the Director of Digital Infrastructure for Michaels, as well as launched and grown Blitsy, which has received nearly $12M in Funding. - Sarah Perkins (https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahaperkins/): Founder @ DesignerShare (http://www.designershare.com/) Sarah Perkins is the CEO and co-founder of DesignerShare. DesignerShare is the first truly peer-to-peer marketplace for women to rent their designer clothing and accessories to one another, which launched in Chicago March, 2017. Sarah has loved fashion her whole life, and spent many years trying to convince others her taste is “exquisite” and not “expensive.” She has visions of outfits based on mood and vividly dreams in color. She holds a marketing degree from Santa Clara University and her Masters in journalism from DePaul University. - Lucas Ward (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lucaslward/): Founder @ Kin Insurance (https://www.kin.com/) Kin is an InsureTech startup revolutionizing the $100B Property Insurance industry by using data and technology to streamline the process from application to claims. Kin is Lucas’ 3rd startup and has received $4M in funding. His first business, Fundspire, was acquired in 2012 - The Space: We will be hosting this event at MakeOffices in River North. The location will be able to comfortably seat approximately 150 attendees and is located directly across the street from the Merchandise Mart. Beer, Wine, and Soda will be served. Event Hosted & Moderated By: VisualFizz (http://www.visualfizz.com/): Chicago's experiential and digital marketing agency. Connecting Emotions + Experiences Back to Digital Marketing. Our Space Sponsor: MakeOffices (http://makeoffices.com/): Delivering turnkey, affordable coworking and shared office space to entrepreneurs and small businesses in Chicago, Washington DC, and Philly. Book a Tour Today! Our Community Sponsors Include: IN ORDER TO ATTEND, PLEASE SIGN UP TO THE EVENT HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/entrepreneurship-the-growth-of-something-great-panel-networking-tickets-39705824189

    MakeOffices

    350 N. Orleans, Suite 9000N · Chicago, IL

  • VisualFizz Talks for the Greater Good Series: Poverty & Homelessness
    Please click here for the official Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visualfizz-talks-for-the-greater-good-series-poverty-homelessness-tickets-36277424754) page. VisualFizz Talks for the Greater Good Series: Poverty and Homelessness This Event’s Theme: Marketing For the Greater Good: How To Put A Dent on Poverty & Homelessness “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads. That sucks” -Jeff Hammerbacher, one of Facebook’s first 100 employees Problem(s): Poverty and Homelessness Rates Remain HighGoals: Help Fight Poverty and Homelessness, starting in our local communities. What Actions Can We Take In Our Communities to Combat These Social Issues? Summary: Marketers and Entreprenuers are smart people. They have a deep understanding of the way people think and are able to sway opinions, sell items to those who didn't even know they needed them, and expose truths about the world. We know that the brains of marketers and entrepreneurs are hard-wired to solve old problems in new, innovative, and creative ways. We know that you have a day job, which does not always leave a lot of time to devote towards volunteering to make your community a better place. We also know that each of us brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and ideas to the table, and we think there's a great opportunity to put those experiences to good use. The purpose of VisualFizz (http://www.visualfizz.com/)Talks For The Greater Good Series is to better utilize the incredibly smart and savvy brains of marketers and entrepreneurs for the greater good of our communities. That's why we're inviting a limited number of innovative and intelligent minds to discuss and analyze the current state of Poverty and Homelessness in our community and the deeper repercussions at hand, then put their heads together to do what entrepreneurs and marketers do best - find tangible ways to solve real problems. Whether it’s starting small in our local neighborhoods or on a national scale, we want to know: how can marketers use their unique experiences to make a difference? What To Expect: 5:30-6:15pm: Networking 6:15 - 7:00pm: Small group breakout and brainstorm discussions 7:00 - 8pm: Presentation of group solutions, large group discussion on soutions presented We'll start with a small breakout session to discuss the current state of the topic, important questions, problems, variables, and finally, solutions. After the small breakout sessions and brainstorm, we will reconvene as a group for an outcome-focused discussion. If a plausible and accomplishable solution is discovered, 100% of ticket proceeds will go towards taking immediate action to help improve the current state of the problem(s) in our Chicago communities. Again, this event will be limited to 20-30 people. The focus of the event is to create real and meaningful connections. NO forced elevator pitches, no pitching your latest startup or autobiography. We will serve beer, wine, and a non-alcoholic option. We look forward to seeing you! -The VisualFizz Team This event is sponsored by: MakeOffices: Furnished, move-in ready workspaces, all-inclusive amenities (fast WiFi, free coffee & beer, 24/7 access), organic networking opportunities. It's everything you need to grow your business. Check out their Chicago Locations here: Make Offices (https://makeoffices.com/locations/) VisualFizz: We understand that to inspire a marketing campaign that evokes emotion and meaningful interactions, we need to be submerged in our globally driven world. Visit the VisualFizz website here: VisualFizz (http://visualfizz.com/) Please click here for the official Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visualfizz-talks-for-the-greater-good-series-poverty-homelessness-tickets-36277424754) page.

    MakeOffices at Magnificent Mile

    541 North Fairbanks Court · Chicago

  • Utilizing User Experience To Solve Pain Points in Our Lives
    In order to attend, you have to sign up to the event here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utilizing-user-experience-to-solve-pain-points-in-our-lives-tickets-34551933764). We live in a world with a lot of beautiful design and a lot of crappy design. Whether it’s navigating a website, driving through city streets, or walking through a newly built home, design plays a fundamental role in almost everything that we see and do. User Experience (UX) can be defined as every aspect of the user’s interaction with a product, service, or company when interacting with a specific design. Bad User Experience sucks. This event will pinpoint how to Utilize User Experience To Solve Pain Points in Our Lives. Our topics of conversation will include a wide variety of questions including Web/Mobile Design, Future Trends, Urban Design, Connectivity of Design, and more… We will hold a panel discussion with 4 panel experts on June 6th at 5:30-8:30. Schedule will be as follows: General Networking & Drinks Panel Discussion & Q/A General Networking & Drinks In order to attend, you must sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utilizing-user-experience-to-solve-pain-points-in-our-lives-tickets-34551933764 Panel Experts include: Scott Kitun- CEO of Technori (http://www.technori.com/) -Scott is the CEO and host of the Technori Startup Showcase and the weekly WGN Radio show titled, Technori LIVE. Technori Meetup is a group of impassioned entrepreneurs, developers, designers, tech companies, investors and general tech enthusiasts who have a deep love for Chicago and who want to see our emerging tech community flourish. Beckie O’Connor- Partner & Digital Creative Director of Convier Collective (http://www.conviercollective.com/) -With over a decade of Design and Art Director experience, Beckie lives & breathes Design. She is currently the partner and digital creative director of Convier Collective. Convier Collective takes its name from the French word *convier* meaning to invite or suggest, because they are all about coming together to collaborate as a team, creating strong messages and inviting an audience to connect with brands. Billy Sweetman- Product Designer at Headway (http://www.headway.io/) Billy is a product designer at Headway. He works on the design team, guiding clients through Compass and bringing products to fruition with visual design. Compass helps mitigate risk of starting a new product or feature, by understanding & empathizing with your customers to make better business decisions. Portfolio (http://sweetdesignman.co/) Amber Vasquez- Senior UX Designer at Eight Bit Studios (http://eightbitstudios.com/) Amber is a passionate UXD strategist with a love of leading teams and developing new processes. She works at Eight Bit Studios, a smart, fun, rowdy, team of pixel-slingers from the Midwest, crushin’ it for brands on their mobile and web initiatives. Portfolio (https://ambersvasquez.com/) This event is sponsored by: MakeOffices: Furnished, move-in ready workspaces, all-inclusive amenities (fast WiFi, free coffee & beer, 24/7 access), organic networking opportunities. It's everything you need to grow your business. Check out their Chicago Locations here: Make Offices (https://makeoffices.com/locations/) VisualFizz: We are a team of experienced marketing strategists/experts/entrepreneurs who have the self-driven know-how and the marketing expertise necessary to push boundaries, bend rules, and create unforgettable brand experiences. We understand that to inspire a marketing campaign that evokes emotion and meaningful interactions, we need to be submerged in our globally driven world. In order to attend, you have to sign up to the event here (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/utilizing-user-experience-to-solve-pain-points-in-our-lives-tickets-34551933764).

    MakeOffices at Magnificent Mile

    541 North Fairbanks Court · Chicago

  • Let's Have a Sales Conversation: Identifying and Solving Sales Questions
    Hello everyone, Hope you are all doing well on these beautiful summer days! I just wanted to let you know that we will be having a speaker join us for another great event with Startup Evanston Meetup group. Mary Dombrowski is a Sales and Business Development Consultant with over 25 years of experience from corporate, start up, and entrepreneurial environments. After years of working in marketing and in support of sales teams, she developed her own expertise in sales and business development through starting her own business and sales, as a sales person for a pre-eminent business coaching company, and now as a sales and business development consultant. Mary has personally sold multiple millions of dollars in programs and services for herself and her clients. It is a personal passion to teach others how to effectively lead sales conversations and grow their own businesses. At its core, a sales conversation is helping someone come to a decision about identifying and solving a current problem. In our excitement to close a sale, however, oftentimes we start rattling off the list of all the services we can provide and how we can help a person or an organization which sends our prospect into a tailspin of options without context. They become confused about what is the right solution, and a confused mind never buys. In this workshop, you will learn the art of asking questions and uncovering needs in order to position yourself as the solution, as well as how to uncover and address common objections. Bring your real-life examples of sales that didn't close, and we'll discuss a different approach. BENEFITS OF ATTENDING: · Become more confident and authoritative in your sales conversations. · Learn how to close more sales, more effectively by letting prospective clients articulate their needs allowing you to position your services accordingly. · Stop wasting time with prospects who aren't ready to buy. Learn the questions to ask to determine whether you have a qualified prospect, and whether that prospect is the decision maker. · Learn strategies to get in front of more prospects (we won't be talking about content marketing or online marketing - this is for people doing one-on-one sales conversations) and position yourself as a leader in your industry. Cost: $5 per person Date: Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30-8:15 (Presentation will start promptly at 6:45pm)

    coLab Evanston

    900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104 · Evanston, IL

    $5.00
  • An Intro to Git: 2 Sessions About The In's and Out's Of Using a Repository
    Completely unfamiliar with git? Want to brush up on git for your next idea? Elliott Post, founder and lead developer of Ellytronic Media, will be teaching a 2 session seminar on git, the powerful repository tool used for countless of projects. The seminar covers setting up git, learning how repositories work, working alone in a git repository, and working with others in a git repository. Attendees should bring their own laptop to all seminar sessions. Seminar dates are as follows: Tuesday, August 4th 7-8:30pm Wednesday, August 5th 7-8:30pm The seminars build upon skills learned in the previous session. By the end of the two days, attendees will be branching, cloning, and committing files to their own repositories. In order to create quality content and provide excellent training, we do ask for a $95 dollar admission fee. This one time fee will cover both sessions. For any questions about material or details, please email Joshua Lustig at [masked].

    coLab Evanston

    900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104 · Evanston, IL

    $95.00
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  • Marketing Your Company: On and Off the Web
    This group seminar/presentation will discuss how you can build and grow your business on the web, and off of it. Starting from explaining Web 2.0 websites, understanding conversion rates, customer retention, social media, and more... Next we will discuss how to plan, throw, and grow from your in-person events. We will finish off with Q&A and discussion to discuss particular issues that the group wants to raise about their business. The event will be hosted by Dan Salganik, serial entrepreneur, freelancer, mentor, and Digital Project Manager for dozens of projects ranging from $2k-$75k+. Dan is currently in the process of developing the entire digital marketing strategy for multiple small to mid-size companies, including his own new project, sendHERsomething (http://www.sendhersomething.com). (which is set to launch within the next couple of weeks) *Event is 100% free for anyone that would like to attend.

    coLab Evanston

    900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104 · Evanston, IL

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  • Digital Marketing 101
    Steve Dinelli (https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevedinelli) and Jeff Lunt (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jefflunt), co-founders of Blackbird Garage (http://blackbirdgarage.com/), will be speaking about their experience building a digital marketing agency, specifically in the online pay-per-click marketing space. Blackbird Garage currently manages over $10M in digital media spend for clients like Argo Tea (http://argotea.com/), MVMT Watches (http://www.mvmtwatches.com/) and HomeChef (https://www.homechef.com/). What you’ll learn from attending this event: • Which networks you should be using for PPC advertising • The differences between the largest platforms (AdWords vs Facebook Ads vs Pinterest, etc.) • How to most effectively use your marketing budget • Conversion rate optimization techniques to make the best use of your paid media spend * Light food and drinks will be served

    coLab Evanston

    900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104 · Evanston, IL

    $3.00
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  • From Dreamer to Founder: Connecting the Suburbs to the Big City
    Come join Startup-Evanston, Course Pioneer, (http://www.coursepioneer.com) and CoLab (http://www.colabevanston.com/) for a unique and insightful evening of networking, a great speaker, and fun! We will be featuring Jason Jacobsohn, a business professional known as the “connector.” Jason has devoted the past 12 years helping grow, maintain, prepare, develop, and train entrepreneurs in Chicago. We will begin the evening with light refreshments and networking. Don’t forget your business cards! Jason will then discuss the entrepreneurial landscape in the Chicagoland area, including the many resources in Chicago and suburbs. Jason will also share some of his top startup tips to think about when starting a new business. We will finish off the event with a Q&A and more networking. This event will be open to entrepreneurs, college and high school students, individuals interested in business and networking, or anyone else interested in what we have to offer! Parents are encouraged to bring their teens! Make sure to check out the bios below to find out more about Jason, Startup-Evanston, Course Pioneer (http://www.coursepioneer.com), and CoLab (http://www.colabevanston.com/). ******Admission is $5. You can pay online or in-person with cash****** ******Students under 18 FREE****** Jason Jacobsohn: (http://www.linkedin.com/in/jasonjacobsohn) Jason Jacobsohn is well known in the Chicago area as a “connector” and go-to person for entrepreneurs who want to grow and maintain their success. For the past 12 years, he has provided venture development services to align businesses with resources for growth. Services he has provided include investor readiness preparation and coaching, strategic advisory services, business development, resource development, and capital formation. Jason is familiar with the needs of emerging businesses as a result of his assistance to hundreds of entrepreneurs across multiple industries. Currently, he is a Business Advisor with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative, which is a practical business management education program that helps small business owners develop the skills they need to grow their companies. In addition, he launched and currently runs the Chicago chapter of Founder Institute, which is the world’s largest entrepreneur training and startup launch program, helping aspiring founders across the globe build enduring technology companies. Jason is passionate about advocating for entrepreneurs through his business and community efforts. He has served on the board, contributed to, or been an active member of The Big Idea Forum, DePaul Entrepreneurs Network, Illinois Entrepreneurship Consortium, DePaul University Alumni Board, and Future Founders Foundation. Jason received his MBA from DePaul University and his BBA from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Startup-Evanston: Startup Evanston is a venue for building connections between individuals interested in building, developing, and funding high-growth companies in the Evanston area. We seek to foster and further the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in this city which Business Week named "one of the top-50 best small cities in the U.S. for start-up businesses." Meetings of the group will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs, technologists, developers, and investors to develop relationships and explore new ideas. In the spirit of exploration and fun, each meeting will feature food or drink from a local business. Course Pioneer: (http://www.coursepioneer.com) Course Pioneer is a new and innovative program that focuses on instructing and guiding business and entrepreneurially minded teens and pre-teens to make them more competitive among their peers. Through small class sizes, specialized mentorship, and a results-focused program, Course Pioneer aims to sharpen core skills which allow students to become either entrepreneurs, or leaders in their fields. http://www.coursepioneer.com CoLab Evanston: (http://www.colabevanston.com) With 3,500 sq ft of open floor plan, coLab is a member-only community, driven by the need for collaboration and interpersonal interaction in a work-centered environment. coLab is ideal for individuals or teams who are tired of working from a home office or public, coffee-shop environment. http://www.colabevanston.com/ The event will be held at the Piccolo Theatre at 600 Main Street, Evanston, IL. This is the Metra Train Station. The cafe is located on the second floor of the building.

    Piccolo Theatre

    600 Main Street · Evanston, IL

    $5.00
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  • IMPROVed Business
    In this two hour fun-filled workshop, IMPROVed helps entrepreneurs improve their ability to engage customers, investors and potential business partners and to think on their feet in the fast-moving world of entrepreneurism. $5 per participant. Pizza and drinks will be served :-)

    coLab Evanston

    900 Chicago Ave, Suite 104 · Evanston, IL

    $5.00
    7 comments