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A non-partisan, member driven organization that promotes the success of small business through political advocacy, networking, support services and educational programs.
Joseph DeMarco, CPA - DeMarco Sciaccotta, LLP
Joseph is a partner and founding member of DeMarco Sciaccotta, LLP. He will present a sample company in Quickbooks highlighting areas that start-up businesses should focus on and discuss problems encountered when businesses don't continually update their accounting records. Display established company's financial statements focusing on what lenders look for and what start-ups could expect as they grow.
Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz – JJR Marketing
Mexico native, Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz, is owner and “Make-it-Happen” Director of JJR Marketing Consultants LLC in Aurora. As the owner of an award-winning marketing agency, author of The Little Book of Business Secrets That Work! speaker and newspaper columnist, Jacqueline brings a unique, holistic approach to creating business exposure and awareness.
Chuck Krugel - Labor & Employment Law & Human Resources Counseling
As a management side labor & employment attorney & human resources (HR) counselor, Charles has 15-plus years of experience in the field. He will present on the legal considerations in hiring and training employees, establishing a corporate culture, employee engagement and the various legal issues encountered with business growth.
Protecting Your Business
Leon Edelson – Edelson IP Law Group, Ltd.
Leon Edelson of Edelson IP Law will delve into the world of intellectual property and discuss the various factors business owners should consider when making decisions involving trademark, patent and copyright matters.
Joy Feinberg - Feinberg & Barry, PC
With over 34 years of experience representing high level executives, professionals and business owners, Ms. Feinberg will tell you what you face in the strange and unsettling world of divorce law and how to protect your business or your business clients when they divorce. While every case has unique aspects, certain universal truths can and will be told.
Melonie Boone, MBA, MJ PHR - Complete Concepts Consulting
Melonie Boone will share some of the ways to protect your business by employing easy practices to ensure compliance with critical employment regulations. She will discuss how to protect small business wihtout restricting it and by a more educational aproarch. She explains the top 5 mistakes commited by a businesses.
Craig Greene, CPA/CFF, CFE, MCJ - McGovern & Greene LLP
Lending and Venture Capital
Jason Jacobsohn-AEGIS Professional Services
Jason Jacobsohn is well known in the Chicago area as a “connector”. Jason will discuss the various methods for raising capital from angel investors. He will provide insight on the factors that investors consider before contributing capital and will provide valuable advice on putting together a good presentation.
Brandon Hinkle-IOS Financial
Brandon Hinkle is a Co-Founder at ios Financial, a Chicago-based online marketplace that matches small businesses seeking commercial loans with the right lenders nationwide. Brandon's presentation focused on improving the efficiency of small business lending.
David Frank-SomerCor 504
David Frank was named President of SomerCor 504, Inc. He joined SomerCor full-time as In-House Counsel and, over the next seven years, helped fund and close hundreds of Somercor’s commercial, owner-occupied real estate transactions. David Frank will give a presentation on the various loans available through the SBA 504 loans program.
Mark Wimmer-UBS Wealth Management