Wednesday, March 22, 2017
BlueCross BlueShield Performance Stage – Chicago, IL
Networking 5:00pm – 5:30pm | Speakers & Presentations: 5:30pm – 6:00pm
Small Business Challenge presentations for $10,000 prize: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
WBBM Newsradio invites you to a very special evening of networking at our BlueCross BlueShield Performance Stage in Chicago. Reserve your seat here!
You are invited to watch as 10 finalists in our Small Business Challenge try to convince our judges why they deserve to win a $10,000 small business grant.
The event will be hosted by WBBM Newsradio anchor, Kris Kridel.
Billy Dec is a 2 time Emmy Award Winning Entertainment TV Personality, Producer, Actor, Attorney at Law, and CEO/Founder of Rockit Ranch, a premier hospitality & entertainment company specializing in the creation, marketing and management of award winning restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Dec can be seen frequently on the NBC’s Today Show, acting in TV & Film, most recently on shows like Empire, Criminal Minds & American Crime Story, and is now producing his own projects with former studio executives he has assembled to lead his newly formed Elston Films.
Kurt Summers is a son of Chicago and a pragmatic problem solver who is passionate about serving the people of the city.
As Chicago’s newest City Treasurer, Summers is the steward of the city’s $7 billion dollar investment portfolio and is responsible for maintaining records and accounts of the city’s finances while ensuring transparency and accountability for all transactions. Treasurer Summers also serves as an advocate to empower young people, workers and small business owners, as well as programs that promote economic growth and financial education. The Treasurer sits on five local pension boards with nearly $25 billion under management.
Maura O’Hara has been Executive Director at the Illinois Venture Capital Association (IVCA) since January, 2004. IVCA advocates for Midwest Venture Capital & Private Equity funds that invest private dollars into private companies on behalf of institutional investors including: endowments, foundations, pension funds, insurance companies, and banks.
IVCA advocacy includes Illinois government affairs, professional Development programming, sharing of best practices, media outreach, and collaboration with entrepreneurs and the groups that represent entrepreneurs.