business in the city: december

November 15th, 2011   |   Business Advice

For those interested in the Business in the City events (which are happening monthly now), I have exciting news:

We are now going to be ONLINE and IN PERSON at our December 13th event!

The wonderful people at Next Door who are hosting these free events continue to support and improve this experience. Those in Chicago are welcome to attend in person on Tuesday, December 13th from 6:30-8:00PM. There will be snacks too – last time we had awesome Thai wraps and baked goods with free made-to-order coffee shop drinks.

And for those that don’t live in Chicago, Next Door has found a way to be a part of the action! Read on for details.

How it works in person

Over the course of the past two events we’ve seen the group take shape. In general there is a turnout of about 18-20 people. We talk in a large group about our businesses or business ideas (there is a 50/50 split between business owners and those who are thinking about starting one). We then open the group up to discuss anything and everything relating to  small business.

Accounting, company structure, work/life balance, “Spaghetti Numbers,” and product development have all been discussed at length in the past, but each meet up is completely unique and based on the people in the room and the discussion at hand.

All in all, it is a great way to stay motivated, get inspired, and keep growing a business dream.

How it works online

At 6:30 p.m. Central Time on December 13th, Next Door will be on the @NextDoorChicago Twitter account chatting about small business ideas we talk about. If you want to follow the discussion or have questions, include the hash tags #smbiz#AskND in your tweet and I will answer accordingly.

Feel free to comment if you plan on coming in person or online!


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  • Cathy

    I think I can come this month! Tuesdays are much better than Thursdays for me. If anyone has accounting questions that might need a little research, they can send them to me ahead of time at

  • moxiemandie

    Oooh! I’m so happy you’ll be tweeting the meeting! I’ll try my best to be there- might be a bit tricky w/ the time difference, but should be able to be there!

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  • Sarah vL

    Hooray! I can make it for the first time!! :)

  • bethany

    I’m so going to be there! Can’t wait to meet you and all the other great MML people that will be there!

  • Jess

    Awesome! I can’t wait to see you all there or on Twitter! And I plan on sharing the Twitter text later as well once the event ends.

  • Lauren M.

    Yay! So glad that this will be on twitter! I will be there :)

  • Kim

    In my calendar! Fingers crossed we can all make it again.

  • kristena

    Hi Jess,

    I just found your site yesterday (via your apartment therapy feature) and I love it! I’m excited about this event as well :)


  • tabitha

    so excited to say that i will be attending! see you tuesday, jess :]

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