Past Events


  • Nov 5, 2014
    Negotiation Boot Camp®: A Hands-On Program to Sharpen Your Negotiating Skills
    Presented by: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Join the Chicago Family Business Council for an all-day Negotiations Boot Camp on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 with Ed Brodow. Negotiation Boot Camp is Ed Brodow’s negotiation seminar written exclusively for our group. As a business professional, you never stop negotiating – be it with customers, vendors, employees, partners, or some days even...
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  • Oct 22, 2014
    Breakfast Club – Charitable Giving
    Presented by: Join the CFBC for an intimate round table discussion about charitable giving on Wednesday, October 22nd from 8:30 – 10:30 am at NOW Foods in Bloomingdale. Some of the questions we will explore are: How does your company integrate charitable giving into the family and company? What policies are in place to set up a foundation or...
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  • Oct 10, 2014
    CFBC’s Twentieth Anniversary Gala
    Presented by: Click here to register! Celebrate with the CFBC community at one of the biggest days in our 20th anniversary year! Join us for an extraordinary afternoon followed by a festive evening, all celebrating two decades (and growing!) of our deeply rooted relationships with Chicago’s family and entrepreneurial businesses. 3:30 pm Welcoming Reception and Registration 4:00...
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  • Sep 10, 2014
    We’re In This Together – Invitation Only
    Presented by: Together – is there a more powerful world? Not alone. You and me. Us. All. Have you ever wondered what the CFBC is all about? Our Membership Committee has put together the “We’re In This Together” program to give invited guests a first-hand glimpse into what makes CFBC different from other professional organizations. Sharing experiences....
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  • Jul 16, 2014
    We’re In This Together – Invitation Only
    Presented by: Together – is there a more powerful world? Not alone. You and me. Us. All. Have you ever wondered what the CFBC is all about? Our Membership Committee has put together the “We’re In This Together” program to give invited guests a first-hand glimpse into what makes CFBC different from other professional organizations. Sharing experiences....
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  • Jun 23, 2014
    CFBC’s Summer Classic
    Presented by: The Chicago Family Business Council is packing up our clubs and hitting the golf course! Join us on Monday, June 23rd for an afternoon of golf with the CFBC family! Before we tee off, we’ll enjoy a wonderful lunch from Medinah’s culinary team. Following lunch we’ll hit the green for 18 holes and return to the club...
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  • May 15, 2014
    CFBC Family Business Day
    Presented by: Join the Chicago Family Business Council for Family Business Day! We’ll learn how to “Prepare the Next Generation of Leaders” and honor our 2015 Leadership Award Recipient. More details coming soon, the programming committee is in creative mode! Where: 1431 West Taylor StreetChicago, Illinois, 60607
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  • May 8, 2014
    CFBC Family Business Day
    Presented by: *For those of you that couldn’t snag a copy of Patrick O’Rahilly’s Ten Laws at the event, we’ve attached them here: O’Rahilly’s Law As the finale to our 2014 programming year, this year’s Family Business Day is not to be missed! We are excited to feature two presentations that exemplify the importance of legacy within family...
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  • Apr 17, 2014
    We’re In This Together – Invitation Only
    Presented by: Together – is there a more powerful world? Not alone. You and me. Us. All. Have you ever wondered what the CFBC is all about? Our Membership Committee has put together the “We’re In This Together” program to give invited guests a first-hand glimpse into what makes CFBC different from other professional organizations. Sharing experiences....
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  • Mar 6, 2014
    DePaul’s Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Magnetic Leadership – How do entrepreneurial leaders gain and sustain influence?
    Presented by: In an era of rapid change, successful organizations understand the value of positive connection with their employees and audiences. How do entrepreneurial leaders gain and sustain influence? What are the secrets to developing widespread support for your ideas, products, or services? In this program, learn how to generate powerful engagement and lasting impact from four of...
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  • Mar 6, 2014
    How to Outfox Your Competition: Learn actions sales leaders and their teams can take to differentiate and “outfox” their competition
    Presented by: Competition has always been something that salespeople and organizations have faced. Any business worth being in usually has more than one company trying to succeed in the marketplace.The last few years have been different though. With companies tightening their belts and fewer deals to be won, companies often find themselves fighting battles on multiple fronts....
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  • Feb 27, 2014
    WHOSE MONEY IS IT ANYWAYS?
    Presented by: COMPENSATION STRATEGIES FOR OWNERS AND KEY PERSONNEL That’s right – we dare talk openly about money and compensation. And we invite you to join us. We may sound a bit light-hearted but in reality we know this is a difficult subject for most every company and individual. Mix in family dynamics and the subject just...
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  • Jan 23, 2014
    DePaul’s Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Transparency: The Fishbowl Effect
    Presented by: Save the Date: DePaul’s Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Transparency: The Fishbowl Effect To grow their companies, entrepreneurs must lead with transparency and confidence. Fishbowl transparency creates trust among customers, employees and investors — yet it also requires greater accountability. Join four of Crain’s 40 Under 40 business leaders as they discuss...
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  • Jan 23, 2014
    Supercharge Your Profitability and Growth with Strategic Purchasing, Value Engineering, and Amazing Innovation.
    Presented by: Join the Chicago Family Business Council in welcoming Fred Fishman, a high-energy, high-integrity operations, manufacturing, and purchasing executive with a record of reducing costs while increasing productivity and quality for Fortune 500 (GE), mid-sized and small companies. This fast-paced presentation will provide practical and immediately applicable techniques that will help manufacturers and service providers alike become...
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  • Jan 9, 2014
    Kook’ Off Your New Year Right
    Presented by: Celebrate that the Holidays are over with the Chicago Family Business Council. Who’s the best chef in the CFBC? Join us for a fun filled evening for a hands on cooking extravaganza; we might just find out. Food, wine and your friends from the CFBC, it doesn’t get any better than that to beat the...
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  • Nov 19, 2013
    We’re in This Together – Invitation Only
    Presented by: Together – is there a more powerful world? Not alone. You and me. Us. All. Have you ever wondered what the CFBC is all about? Our Membership Committee has put together the “We’re In This Together” program to give invited guests a first-hand glimpse into what makes CFBC different from other professional organizations. Sharing experiences....
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  • Nov 7, 2013
    DePaul Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Relationships Mentors, Co-founder, and Employees: Who Will Join You on Your Journey?
    Presented by: Save the Date: DePaul’s Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Relationships – Mentors, Co-founder, and Employees: Who Will Join You on Your Journey? 6:00 – 7:30 DePaul Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions 3: Relationships – Mentors, Co-founders, and Employees: Who Will Join You on Your Journey? The individuals you know, meet, and hire on...
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  • Nov 7, 2013
    The Tiberias Success Formula – How to Supercharge Yourself and Your Business
    Presented by: Join the Chicago Family Business Council in welcoming Boaz Rauchwerger, author of The Tiberias Transformation – How To Change Your Life In Less Than 8 Minutes A Day. He has conducted thousands of seminars internationally on goal setting and high achievement. How to Create a Championship Attitude Every Day How to Create Great Relationships that...
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  • Oct 2, 2013
    Creating the “Best Places to Work” Culture
    Presented by: Crain’s Small Business Week What do all these great companies have in common? Join us on October 2, 2013 to find out! Ping pong tables. Massage Mondays. Dogs roaming the office and other non-traditional perks. Are these really what make a great workplace? Perhaps – but company culture runs far deeper than an unorthodox approach...
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  • Oct 2, 2013
    An Afternoon with Dr. Nerijus Pacesa, President of ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania
    Presented by: Join the Chicago Family Business Council (CFBC) and DePaul University’s Richard H. Driehaus Center for International Business in welcoming Dr. Nerijus Pacesa, President of ISM University of Management & Economics, Lithuania. Dr. Pacesa will discuss the importance of a global business education and its impact on the world’s economy. As recent years have reinforced, the...
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  • Sep 18, 2013
    Corporate Character Building & DePaul’s Showcase of Crain’s 40 Under 40 Uncommon Questions: Multiply your Ripple Effect: Defining your What, Why, How
    Presented by: Corporate Character Building: The Ultimate Inside Job In Part One of this informative double-header, Mary Deibert of KIARA will lead us through the steps needed to drive character-based and value-driven performance in your business. Join us as we learn to reshape company cultures to manage less and accomplish more. This interactive workshop is designed to: •...
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  • Jul 25, 2013
    We’re Off to the Races
    Presented by: Join us on Thursday, July 25th at the Arlington Park Race Track, “We’re Off to the Races!” Share in an exciting day of Thoroughbred racing while enjoying a sumptuous dinner buffet and libations from the Miller Lite Party Deck. Everyone will have the opportunity to place their bets and we hope everyone’s horses will win,...
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  • Jul 10, 2013
    We’re in this Together
    Presented by: Common Problems Business Owners Face Join us and other fellow professionals on July 10th for an insightful evening as we share the common trials and tribulations small business owners face. As our guest, you will have the opportunity to participate in an evening of intelligence and innovation as the community comes together to share tales...
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  • Jun 13, 2013
    DePaul’s Showcase Crain’s 40 Under 40 Navigating Risk and Reward
    Presented by: Do you know everything your bank can do for your business? The CFBC is here to highlight some benefits you may not be aware of. While on the subject of banking, the CFBC wants to make sure you are taking all the steps needed to keep your business safe from electronic fraud. The CFBC’s Strategic...
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  • May 2, 2013
    Plug in for Success with Abt Electronics
    Presented by: 2013 Leadership Award recipient, Abt Electronics sponsored by Crain’s Chicago Business. Every year the Chicago Family Business Council recognizes one outstanding leader and company, who continues to inspire entrepreneurs and family business owners. This year we would like to honor Abt Electronics with the organization’s 2013 Leadership Award.  We are celebrating Abt Electronics for their dedication and...
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  • May 2, 2013
    The Sweet Spark of Success with Hunter Lovins
    Presented by: Hunter Lovins presents The Way Out: Kick-starting Capitalism to Save our Economic Ass, sponsored by Crain’s Chicago Business. A worldwide recognized leader in helping companies and communities profit from more sustainable practices, Hunter Lovins has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Brittle Power (1982), Energy Unbound (1986), Factor Four—Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1997), Green Development (1998), Natural Capitalism (1999), The Way Out: Kickstarting Capitalism to...
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  • Apr 4, 2013
    How to Get the Very, Very Best from People & Better Together: Using Effective Marketing to Turbocharge Sales
    Presented by: Please join the Chicago Family Business Council at DePaul University for a special, morning workshop. By attending this workshop, you will be receiving a 3-for-1 deal. Topics that will be covered are sales, marketing, and leadership. It’s a leader’s job to bring out the very best in people – so how exactly do you do...
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  • Feb 27, 2013
    Resonant Leadership through Emotional Intelligence
    Presented by: Bestselling business book author and advisor to top global leaders, Dr. Annie McKee, will be joining us to discuss emotional intelligence February 27, 2013 at the University Club. This event will be an experiential learning process that focuses on the importance role of emotional intelligence in becoming a resonant leader. During this educational process, attendees will...
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  • Nov 14, 2012
    Taking Charge of Your Multistate Taxes & ABCs of the Accountable Care Act
    Presented by: Taking Charge of Your Multistate Taxes Richard and Karen will share their expertise in the area of multistate taxation. Whether your business is expanding into a new territory or increasingly selling to customers outside of Illinois, being aware of the power of the states to subject your business to taxation is critical. Income tax and...
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  • Oct 3, 2012
    The Great Game of Business
    Presented by: Part of Crain’s Small Business Week, October 1-5, 2012. The financials are often the only report card in the company that shows the collective contribution of each and every department and individual in the company. So, why not use them to bring people together? Too often in business we fail to show the players the big...
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  • Jul 18, 2012
    Summer Social – Brookfield Zoo
    Presented by: Llamas, and owls, and bears, OH MY!  This year’s summer social will blow you away!  Opportunities to enjoy the llama and owl encounter and motor safari trip with tour of the Great Bear Wilderness, Brookfield Zoo’s  newest naturalistic habitat, the largest exhibit ever undertaken at Brookfield Zoo, featuring iconic North American animals: Grizzly Bears, Polar...
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  • Jun 27, 2012
    The Passion of Leadership
    Presented by: According to President and CEO Henry Givray of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest association management company, leadership is the uniquely consistent and defining force behind great, enduring companies. But leadership is an elusive concept with no simple formulas. That’s why leadership can’t be taught; it must be learned through a process of personal, active engagement...
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  • May 8, 2012
    CFBC Leadership Award presentation
    Presented by: Join CFBC as we present John Hall, founder and president of Goose Island Brewing Co., with our Leadership Award. Hall will share the story of Goose Island and his secrets for business success. The event will also include a panel discussion on best practices for transitioning a business to the next generation. Click here to...
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  • Feb 16, 2012
    Talk to Me
    Presented by: Close relationships only stay strong if you put in the effort to nurture and strengthen them. Lauren and Michael DelGandio of the PAIRS Foundation (Practical Application of Intimate Relationship Skills) shared how to fortify and revamp the dialogue in your most important relationships.  See pictures of the event here!
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  • Jan 17, 2012
    Legal Issues for Business Owners
    Presented by: You deal with business agreements every day, but how complete are your company’s documents? Partner Jonathan Michael of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella discusses the ins and outs of business agreements family-owned and closely held businesses use regularly. Topics covered include buy-sell provisions, employment agreements, noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements, employee equity participation, and important considerations...
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  • Nov 8, 2011
    Maximizing Your Success in High-Stakes Negotiation
    Presented by: Even the most seasoned professional can get tongue-tied during negotiations, Join Dr. Victoria Medvec, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and renowned expert on negotiations, for an interactive seminar on preparing for and handling real-life negotiating scenarios with ease.
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  • Oct 6, 2011
    Hire the Best, Fire the Rest
    Presented by: Want to get more bites from your recruiting efforts? Kiara President Mary Deibert facilitates a discussion with a panel of recruitment experts about how to optimize your hiring process. You’ll learn about current hiring trends and how to establish an effective interview process, retain top talent, spot red flags during interviews and more.
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  • Aug 11, 2011
    Give Growing Pains the Boot
    Presented by: Strategic mergers and acquisitions are a great way to grow your business – if you know what you’re getting into. Mike Moran of American Chartered Bank and Jim Scherzinger of Cray, Kaiser Ltd. give you a behind-the-scenes look at what you need to complete a successful merger or acquisition. You’ll learn how to determine if...
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  • Jun 7, 2011
    Marketing Boot Camp
    Presented by: Tough times call for tough tactics, and an intelligent, targeted marketing program is necessary for any business to survive. Lee Zoldan, president of marketing and communications firm The Simons Group, shares real-world strategies that will boost your bottom line. Topics include identifying your best customers, developing the right marketing mix, fine-tuning your message, measuring ROI...
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  • Feb 9, 2011
    Social Media 101: Strategies and Tips for Your Small Business
    Presented by: Social media offers a bounty of benefits, including the ability to engage customers, generate sales leads, solicit customer feedback and launch new products. The Simons Group President Lee Zoldan leads a panel discussion that provides expert insight into the how and why of social media. You’ll come away with tips and strategies for starting or...
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  • Nov 10, 2010
    Reviewing Your Business Financial Statements … What Do They Mean?
    Presented by: Financial yardsticks rule in business performance. Conducting regular financial checkups will help you treat the causes of business problems and establish a set of metrics you can use to set future operating goals and increase profits. Deanna Salo of certified public accounting firm Cray, Kaiser Ltd. and Mike Moran of American Chartered Bank explain how...
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