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How to Stand Out at an Expo or Tradeshow

The River North Business Association’s Business Expo is coming up on Wednesday, April 19 at Metropolitan Club in Willis Tower. Amelia Street Studio exhibited at the Expo a couple years ago and we genuinely enjoyed it. I especially appreciated the people. Everyone who attended and stopped by our booth was sincerely interested and listened politely…

Posted By: Stephanie Fallara By: March 28, 2017 FULL STORY

How Back Office Cooperative Saves Chicago Nonprofits Money

Article courtesy of Crain's Chicago Business 

Linda Zager of Back Office Cooperative

 One Hope United, a social services agency for children who have been abused or otherwise traumatized, ended 2016 with a small surplus. David McConnell, its chief financial…

Posted By: Stephanie Fallara By: March 24, 2017 FULL STORY

The Year of Brick-and-Mortar Social

Right around New Years, a blogger contacted us to ask for some social media trends to watch for in 2017. Since there’s so much existing cliche around this topic, it took a surprising amount of digging and shaping to present a take with anything novel to say.

One of the topics that came up during our research was something that could be immediately valuable to RNBA members: the tech community…

Posted By: Stephanie Fallara By: February 23, 2017 FULL STORY

Mardi Gras Madness

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to travel to New Orleans during Carnival season, you’ve most likely had a slice of King Cake. After all, hundreds of thousands of King Cakes are eaten in NOLA during this time of year leading up to Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday which this year is on February 28. King Cake comes in a variety of styles and flavors, but the most traditional is a ring (to represent a king’s…

Posted By: Schulze By: February 08, 2017 FULL STORY

Putting Your Best Foot Forward - Professional Head Shots

It’s the New Year, and most of us have set our goals for growing our businesses in 2017. Maybe you’ve outlined fresh strategies for marketing, sales, social media, and email campaigns. You’ve tightened your systems, created a new budget, and made your production more efficient. Perhaps you’ve set new revenue goals and renewed your commitments to your clients.

One of the best ways to attract…

Posted By: Stephanie Fallara By: January 18, 2017 FULL STORY

Cushing and Seoul Taco Make a Connection Beyond Business After Hours

From membership orientation and monthly business after hours or joining a committee, the River North Business Association offers numerous opportunities to build relationships.  

That being said (well, typed) it is not always about making a sale. Leveraging what RNBA has to offer can lead to powerful connections beyond a purchase order.

I hope you’ll keep reading about…

Posted By: Stephanie Fallara By: December 02, 2016 FULL STORY