Category: business

Quarantine Creativity - The "King Maker" - Reese LaFrances

Quarantine Creativity - The "King Maker" - Reese LaFrances
My series on entrepreneurs finding and launching creative businesses/products during the pandemic today features Reese LaFrances and her business The King Maker Concierge.  Here’s her story in her own words. THE KING MAKER: Reese LaFrances Actually a year ago I knew I was ready to pivot. The majority of my career has been in the... Read more »

"Quarantine Creativity" Finding Success During the Pandemic - Ken Clay of Trackit

"Quarantine Creativity" Finding Success During the Pandemic - Ken Clay of Trackit
My continuing series on people making moves during COVID – Today we feature Ken Clay CEO of Trackit who developed a solution to optimize the contactless check in process.   An entrepreneur at heart, Ken Clay has made a career out of actualizing his passions and visions. With an extensive professional network that ranges from executives... Read more »

"Quarantine Creativity" – The Quad Coaches Teach Entrepreneurship in a Unique and Effective New Model

"Quarantine Creativity" – The Quad Coaches Teach Entrepreneurship in a Unique and Effective New Model
My “COVID Creativity” series will highlight individuals and groups coming together to figure out innovative ways to forge ahead during this most difficult of times.  Today we feature four entrepreneurs collectively known as The Quad Coaches. Whether you work your biz as a side-hustle or you have to hunt what you eat to survive and... Read more »
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People, Places, and Organizations to Watch in 2020

People, Places, and Organizations to Watch in 2020
The annual “People to Watch” list has expanded this year.  We have 20 individuals and 2 organizations each recognized for their talent, their connection to people, their innovation and their sheer will to achieve. From an organization giving an amazing opportunity to introduce women to the world of tech, to stories of people who have overcome... Read more »

In “Making Love Better Twogether: The Art of Intimacy" Love Has Everything to Do With It for Author Yanni Brown

In “Making Love Better Twogether: The Art of Intimacy" Love Has Everything to Do With It for Author Yanni Brown
  Full disclosure …Yanni Brown’s book was the first I had the honor of publishing through my company. I’m proud to announce that 9 years later she’s allowed me to publish her follow up as well as co produce her upcoming talk show. Yanni Brown is an author, blogger, relationship educator, expert, speaker, storyteller and a... Read more »

People to Watch in 2019 - 15 Individuals Doing Great Things

People to Watch in 2019 - 15 Individuals Doing Great Things
“Watch – To look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time…..” Each year I feature people making their mark  in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally.  This year I’m excited about the list as its overflowing with creative thinkers in business, fashion film and TV and just plain fun.  So check... Read more »
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Survivor Stories: "Reclaiming Health and Wellness After Abuse"

Survivor Stories: "Reclaiming Health and Wellness After Abuse"
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My blog will feature several guest contributors sharing  their domestic violence experiences and how they healed.  Today, Lashonda Crockett Founder and CEO of Pennie’s Tea shares her story of how her pain led her to unexpected success as a business owner.   I was newly divorced with young... Read more »

Entrepreneur Spotlight - Melinda Herron

Entrepreneur Spotlight - Melinda Herron

People, Places, and Organizations to Watch in 2018

<b>Angie McMonigal <b> moved to Chicago more than 15 years ago and has been exploring the city with her camera ever since. Raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she approaches the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. From landmark buildings she distills the essential lines and textures that frame the city. McMonigal sees these structures as actively shaping, and shaped by, human activity; they are never mere backdrop. Steel and brick towers are presented as quilts rich with history, solid structures soar with soul, and concrete edifices echo the lofty ambition of planners and dreamers.  <br>
An award-winning fine art photographer, Angie’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. Her photos have been showcased by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and other destinations. Her Urban Quilt series is now part of the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project. Publication credits include National Geographic, Departures, and SHOTS Magazine. She has received awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA) and Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), among others. <br>
Angie frequently works with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors to provide compelling photographs for their collections. She has collaborated with national and global brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stir, and Icebreaker, creating distinctive images to complement their brands. She is available for commissioned, one-of-a-kind projects for both individual and corporate collectors. Creating images that draw out the organic interplay between design, structure, environment, and society, Angie offers a fresh viewpoint that fulfills clients’ commercial and creative needs. <br><br>
<a href="http://www.angiemcmonigal.com">  Website</a>
Watch =To look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time….. The 2018 edition of my annual people places and organizations to watch blog looks at some rising stars in the creative, philanthropic, business, fashion and health and beauty fields.  People you need to get to know, work with, follow and support. Also,... Read more »
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Write Pitch Publish Conference Provides Writers Roadmap For Success

Write Pitch Publish Conference Provides Writers Roadmap For Success
Authors and aspiring authors… this experience is for you (attend in person or join via live stream)! In this day and age, being an author is no longer just about writing. It is also about making connections, wearing many hats, and running a business – the business of your book. Whether you are looking to traditionally... Read more »