Architectural Digest featured client Bridgewater Studio in the article “Casual Market Chicago Is Still On, the Art Institute Goes Digital, and More News in Chicago.” Read the full piece here.
McKinley Park News featured client Bridgewater Studio in the article “Fabrication Studio Makes Face Shields to Help Chicago Fight Pandemic.” Read the full piece here.
Patch featured client Bridgewater Studio in the article “Bridgewater Studio Produces Emergency Face Shields.” Read the full piece here.
CBS Chicago featured client Bridgewater Studio in their piece “Local Manufacturers Stepping Up To Produce Personal Protective Equipment For Hospitals, First Responders.” View the full story here.
WCIU featured client MAPS4MUSIC on their show The Jam. View the full segment here.
Tastytrade featured client MAPS4MUSIC in their Bootstrapping in America segment. View the full piece here.
WGN featured client Catering Out The Box in their Midday Fix segment as as they cooked Leek Steaks with Beets Over Roasted Fennel & Lentils. View the full piece here.
Eater Chicago profiled client Rebel & Rye in their piece “New River West Bar to Feature More Than 200 Bottles of American Whiskey.” View the full story here.
Whether it’s for a non-profit or a major corporation, boards are essential for different perspectives, ideas and professional development. While having an actual board for your business is a milestone to strive for, you can also curate a defacto board out of your personal network. Building a network that serves as your small business’ board can provide you with the same great benefits that larger organizations enjoy and can elevate your company to new levels. When putting together your go-to team, be selective, and look for the types of people we’ve outlined below with whom to begin establishing mutually-beneficial relationships.
Someone who has spent their career at large corporations
This type of person is especially important for any business owner and that’s because this person can help provide insight into various ways companies are structured – from department breakdowns to the hierarchy of positions. This person’s perspective will help fill in the gaps on how you build your business and can be a great reference for what your business is doing right and also what can be improved.
A successful career sales professional
Behind every business, there’s the aspect of sales. While sales may come easy to some, it’s a skill that must be cultivated. Having a successful sales professional in your network is golden for the small business owner who is great at what they do but didn’t come into business ownership with a sales background. This person can provide fundamentals and advice on how to properly navigate the sales process. From establishing funnels to creating packages and services to closing a deal, the insight gained from these conversations is priceless.
A career professional in your field
This person does not have to be a business owner themselves, but they do need to have done what you do for a longer period of time and at a higher level. While most industries have changed over time, it helps to have someone who has been there and done that. While the potential to have innovative conversations is definitely there, the larger takeaway is having someone who understands the fundamentals of what you do.
A good listener
This person may or may not have experience in your industry or in business at all. However, this person is great at listening and is ready and willing to give you their ear. Sometimes the best way to solve a problem is to talk it out and by having the opportunity to have conversations without the expectation of a response, you can do just that. In fact, by having an unbiased listener, you can often talk through things and arrive at your own conclusion or solution.
Building a personal network takes time and patience, but it’s an important aspect of business development that can elevate your company to new heights. Always remember, you are who you surround yourself with and the same can be said for your business. By placing yourself among people who are smart, talented and experienced, you and your business will benefit.
tastytrade featured client Catering Out The Box’s CEO and Founder Anthony Waller on their series “Bootstrapping In America.” View the full segment here.