Today’s post is a little less about Chicago and absolutely about Chicago.
On Saturday night I held a fundraiser for Chicago Elevated. I need a business license and business cards and stack cards and marketing materials. My husband and I are on the tightest of budgets and we could eventually afford these things, except I want to start this business now, get the ball rolling.
I got this idea from a friend who told me that people were having “rent parties.” You get some beer and charge people $20.00. Heck, it’s cheaper than a night out and it’s for a good cause. So I massaged that a little into a “Help Me Start My Business” party. I sent out evites to everyone who was aware of what I was doing and I got a really great response.
I got pizza and some liquor and some beer in cans and boom, party started. I ended up with about 25 people, all kinds of people from different parts of my life coming together to support my new business. It was overwhelming and awesome, what people will do and give when they know it’s part of someone’s dream. Tomorrow morning I go to register for my business license and that makes me excited and happy.
But I also think I have an added advantage, Chicago. Not only was Saturday a celebration of starting a business, but it was a celebration of Chicago. The people who showed up, they love me and that’s really great for me – a strong advantage – but they love Chicago too. It’s also an additional push for me, not only do I want this business to succeed for all of the people who donated their hard-earned cash, but I want to do right by Chicago too. I have a lot to do.
Sure there have been a lot of mistakes in our city and we have a long way to go, but it’s also one of the greatest cities in the world. I want to spread the word on why Chicago is excellent and I think other Chicagoans want me to.
My success is Chicago’s success, win win.