Mark Carson – President and Co-founder of Fat Brain Toys

Mark Carson - President and Co-founder of Fat Brain Toys

[quote style=”boxed”]Striking a balance between the quest for growth and the need for control. This is a perpetual battle, but one that I think most entrepreneurs must face. It’s exciting to grow quickly, but with growth comes sacrifice.[/quote] Mark Carson is the President and Co-founder of Fat Brain Toys, a…

Meet Mark Carson – President and Co-founder of Fat Brain Toys

Mary Couzin – Founder and President of Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Mary Couzin - Founder and President of Chicago Toy & Game Fair

After self-producing and licensing board games, Mary turned her passion for the joy of invention into DiscoverGames.com, the world’s largest co-op of board game inventors. Widely recognized among her peers as a toy industry visionary, Mary introduced the inaugural Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG) at Chicago’s famous Navy Pier…

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Hugh Weber – Founder of OTA and DudeToDad

Hugh Weber - Founder of OTA and DudeToDad

[quote style=”boxed”]Complete commitment to concept. I can be a pain about this at the beginning of a project – demanding a clear audience, identifying a big idea, etc. I can be an even bigger pain in the midst of a project. I get such a clear picture in my mind…

Meet Hugh Weber – Founder of OTA and DudeToDad

Sarah Remington and Veronica Zanellato Kido – Founders of Me Two You

Sarah Remington and Veronica Zanellato Kido - Founders of Me Two You

[quote style=”boxed”]We are all about getting it done. One we have a great idea and decide to execute on it we make a plan and implement it. It doesn’t always happen as fast as we want it to, but it does happen. We also meet weekly to keep each other…

Meet Sarah Remington and Veronica Zanellato Kido – Founders of Me Two You

Mel Brake – Executive Director of MPW Foundation

Mel Brake - Executive Director of MPW Foundation

[quote style=”boxed”]To believe in yourself, your project, your organization, and your worth, your dreams and your hope because no one else will. I don’t know how many times I heard from both family, friends, government officials and banks that I am wasting my time. That there are too many non-profits…

Meet Mel Brake – Executive Director of MPW Foundation

Sheila Duncan – Founder and Co-Creator of Trouble The Dog

Sheila Duncan - Founder and Co-Creator of Trouble The Dog

[quote style=”boxed”]One business idea is to create your own advisory board. Take time to gather a group of people you trust and admire so you might ask their opinion(s) on your venture and its direction.[/quote] Sheila Duncan has been a restaurant owner, a travel industry executive and a life coach….

Meet Sheila Duncan – Founder and Co-Creator of Trouble The Dog

Maria Dellapina – Creator of Specs4us

Maria Dellapina - Creator of Specs4us

[quote style=”boxed”]Never be afraid to ask for something. If you get a “no,” just keep swimming, just keep swimming…and you’ll get results.[/quote] Maria Dellapina’s daughter Erin was about two when she needed glasses. With over 25 years in the optical field, Maria felt finding a suitable frame for her daughter…

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Ruth Lopardo – Founder of Love It Love It Love It

Ruth Lopardo - Founder of Love It Love It Love It

[quote style=”boxed”]You are never a prisoner of your situation, and the power to change your circumstances is always yours. The key is to focus on what you could gain by changing your situation rather than on what you stand to lose.[/quote] Ruth founded Love It Love It Love It, an…

Meet Ruth Lopardo – Founder of Love It Love It Love It