The role of small business in social change

When it comes to social change, we all have a role to play in creating the kind of world that we want to live in. Businesses have a role too. We’ve all heard the buzzword. “Corporate Social Responsibility.” More often than not just lip service to the idea of community development. Maybe a day of service. But what does it look like when a business is built around the principle of making its city a better place for everyone?

Read More
“A circle of strong women”: The protective power of female business relationships

Any female entrepreneur can tell you why it’s important to have strong women on their team. Professional relationships are incredibly important — but they are often much harder for women to form and maintain compared to men. From young finance professionals who form pickup basketball teams to executives who make deals on the golf course, male-dominated professional spheres often unintentionally and intentionally create networking-building opportunities that women are excluded from.

Read More
“Strong, beautiful, and worthy of attention”: Empowering women through dance

The mainstream fitness industry is a far cry from empowering. Malik Turley decided to do things differently. Her dance and fitness studio, Hip Circle Empowerment Center, encourages women to come in and move their bodies for the sake of moving them, “building your strength both inside and out, because it feels good, because it’s part of self-care, because it helps you on an emotional level as well as a physical level.” Not to shrink sizes.

Read More
Celebrate “bossy” girls

Every day, girls in our country are being labeled “bossy” for showing promising leadership traits. A little girl who takes initiative and asserts herself is often told to sit down and listen. A little boy who takes initiative and asserts himself is, more often than not, praised for his leadership.This silencing doesn’t stop when girls become women.

Read More
100% momma-owned in a male-dominated industry

This one’s not just 100% woman-owned, it’s also 100% momma-owned. Laura Soncrant owns The Growling Rabbit, a bustling restaurant in Edgewater. Laura knows how unfortunately uncommon it is for women to own their own restaurants in Chicago. And she pays it forward to the women in her own community by employing a kitchen staff that is predominantly female in an industry that is predominantly male.

Read More
Samantha Letscher