Members
Oct
30
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2020

Growing a Company from the Ground Up: Business Lessons with De Vega Concrete

De Vega Concrete was built with the tireless work and steady hands of Fidel Vega, a Marines veteran whose belief in the importance of hard work and collaboration helped his company grow from the ground up.
Members
Oct
29
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2020

High School Sweethearts Turned Business Partners: The Success Story of Urban Roots

Urban Roots is a snow removal and landscaping company run by husband and wife duo, Jimmie and Tiffany Willams. Urban Roots has grown from having only two clients to serving the entire Western suburbs, and has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, CBS News, and iHeart Media as a startup business to watch.
Community
Oct
16
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2020

Exascale Era

October 18 has been declared National Exascale Day. It’s the official day of recognition for the supercomputing and broader HPC communities and the role they play in our world. This is the first in a series on the growth of Deep Tech development, emerging startups and venture investment that will impact the DuPage region.
Members
Sep
28
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2020

The Secret to Human-Centered Construction

From a career at a household-name luxury tech company to carpentry, you could say that Jaime Villagran’s path to the construction industry was unconventional. Eight years as a high-level recruiter there taught him to identify and nurture the best talent but left him wanting more for himself and his future employees. Jaime combined his hobby of carpentry, empathetic nature and HR expertise to launch Construo Construction, a company that is setting a new precedent for customer service in the industry.
COVID-19
Sep
27
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2020

Lauren Barron: Helping Entrepreneurs Navigate a New Normal

Lauren Barron received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management; she is also the founder and co-owner of Gray Matters Games (GMG). GMG is a company that creates lively and cognitively challenging board game experiences for people with active minds. Through its games, Gray Matters promotes community, encourages fun and gives back to Alzheimer’s research. She shares her advice on how to tackle the challenging times ahead.