If your start-up or small business’ phoenix is rising, some editors of the Chicago Tribune would possibly like to talk to you. Blue Sky Innovation continued its networking event series Blue Sky Social last night at Grind co-working space, located at 2 North LaSalle. Blue Sky Innovation (BSI) – Chicago Tribune‘s small business feature platform – hosts networking events that connect the crème de la crème of Chicago’s sustainable start-ups with the editors for consideration of future content.
Entrepreneurial hopefuls got a chance to chat up the Tribune’s editorial hierarchy, as well as learn success stories of other up-and-coming start-ups.
Daniel Bauer – a principal at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, and his wife Erica – attended the social to share the success of their organization, Better Leaders Better Schools (BLBS). BLBS help school leaders create winning cultures while leading with courage and integrity. The BLBS‘ podcast has 11,000 downloads and counting, evidence of Daniel’s and Erica’s efforts toward expanding their brand’s reach within Illinois.
Courtney Mayberry, copywriter and marketer for Power to Fly – a job connection platform for women, as well as mobile development trainer Jessi Chartier, CEO of The Mobile Makers Academy – were in attendance to meet the entrepreneurial types they read about in Blue Sky Innovation.
“I’m here representing my employer, but I always like connecting with people,” Mayberry said.
Small business consultant Omar Hernandez of Capsim – a business simulation platform – attended the event in search of networking peers and prospects. Hernandez shared that Capism will be rolling out its first app within the next six months. “It will be a gamification approach to our products and services.”
Blue Sky Innovation Editor Andrea Hanis spoke with attendees and answered questions. Hanis cited the website’s Vault as key small business content that will be highly beneficial to entrepreneurs interested in connecting with the BSI community.
Chicago Tribune editorial page veteran and newly-minted Editor-in-Chief Bruce Dold was in the house to meet with sources (and hopefuls) of the kind of content that attracts BSI’s massive following. BSI received a shout out last week during the Chicago Auto Show from social media thought leader and Techweek CEO Katy Lynch, when speaking during the Women in Tech panel.
“I read this every morning to stay on top of what’s going on.”
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