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For more than 10 years, Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) has provided small businesses with leading IT and communications solutions. Serving customers throughout the U.S., Cbeyond offers more than 30 productivity-enhancing applications including local and long-distance voice, broadband Internet, mobile, BlackBerry(R), voicemail, email, web hosting, fax-to-email, data backup, file-sharing, virtual private networking and cloud services. Winning over 50 awards for product innovation, growth and providing a quality customer experience, Cbeyond continues to focus on helping small businesses succeed and grow through high-performance technology, superior services and world-class support. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

CBIZ is one of the nation’s leading providers of business services. We have offices in major metropolitan areas and suburban cities throughout the US in order to provide you with the best service possible. Included in the services we provide are accounting and tax, benefits and insurance, and a wide range of consulting services. Visit www.cbiz.com CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) is a publicly traded, national professional services company serving small to mid-market public and private companies, not-for-profit and governmental organizations through two primary service lines – FINANCIAL SERVICES and EMPLOYEE SERVICES – with over 140 offices in major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S. Like other national Financial Services firms, our tax/consulting and audit practices are organized as separate and independent legal entities that work seamlessly together to serve our clients. Together, CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM), an independent CPA firm dedicated to attest services, rank as the 7th largest accounting services provider in the U.S. CBIZ Employee Services is a leading national provider of Employee Benefits and Retirement Plan Services, and is one of the largest publicly owned Property & Casualty Insurance brokers in the country. Online at www.cbiz.com and www.mhm-pc.com.

The people in the independent firms of Grant Thornton International Ltd provide personalized attention and the highest quality service to public and private clients in more than 100 countries. Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the six global audit, tax and advisory organizations. Grant Thornton International Ltd and its member firms are not a worldwide partnership, as each member firm is a separate and distinct legal entity. In the U.S., visit Grant Thornton LLP at www.GrantThornton.com.

At MB Financial Bank, we’re proud to continue our 100-year tradition of providing outstanding relationship banking services to our clients. While some things remain the same – like a local focus and superior customer attention – our products and services have evolved to reflect the needs of today’s successful businesses. Our banking professionals are dedicated to being the trusted financial expert on your team. MB means business, and that’s good for your business. Learn more at www.mbfinancial.com.

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) at Northwestern University offers a cross-functional perspective of information technology and its place in business operations. Designed for IT professionals with experience in the workplace, the program’s unique blend of technology and business courses prepares you to manage information technology and maximize its functionality in the enterprise. Founded in 1996, the MSIT attracts IT professionals from around the world who come together at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus to learn, network, and share information about IT and its critical role in today’s business environment. We are a Saturday-only program with classes running September to June. Complete the MSIT degree in less than two years.  Complete details atwww.infotech.northwestern.edu.

NewHire™ is a software and services company providing an expert system, grown from of decades of experience and expertise in recruiting and hiring, and we support it with a suite of services designed to make your life easier. Our goal is to empower employers to make informed, effective and cost conscious hiring choices, using a combination of software, expertise and services that works for you. Visit http://new-hire.com

NYSE Euronext (NYX) is a leading global operator of financial markets and provider of innovative trading technologies. The company’s exchanges in Europe and the United States trade equities, futures, options, fixed-income and exchange-traded products. With approximately 8,000 listed issues (excluding European Structured Products), NYSE Euronext’s equities markets – the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE Amex, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca – represent one-third of the world’s equities trading, the most liquidity of any global exchange group. NYSE Euronext also operates NYSE Liffe, one of the leading European derivatives businesses and the world’s second-largest derivatives business by value of trading. The company offers comprehensive commercial technology, connectivity and market data products and services through NYSE Technologies. NYSE Euronext is in the S&P 500 index, and is the only exchange operator in the Fortune 500. For more information, please visit: http://www.nyx.com.

The attorneys of Roberts McGivney Zagotta LLC have extensive legal experience representing clients in complex corporate, securities and real estate matters. We have represented clients in all aspects of business development, including mergers and acquisitions, private placements of debt and equity securities, venture capital transactions, joint ventures, management buyouts and dispositions. Visit www.rmczlaw.com

 

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ACG Chicago is Northern Illinois’ premier association for corporate development, investment, and merger and acquisition professionals. ACG Chicago boasts a membership of almost 1000 foremost authorities all share a strong commitment to leadership in the field of strategic corporate growth and to building stakeholder value. The ACG Chicago Board of over 40 dedicated members along with over 100 committee members focus on the needs of these professionals to build unparalleled opportunities for networking, deal-making, personal growth and professional development. ACG Chicago provides these opportunities as well as the most current information through its ongoing luncheon series, breakfast seminars, regional conferences, in-depth publications, online communications and data, and social events. Visitwww.ACGChicago.com for more information or call 877-224-6389.

The mission of the The African American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)  is to unite, grow, and empower African American businesses in Montgomery County, Maryland. AACC was formed to assure equitable inclusion of African American owned businesses by public and private organizations and to provide a forum for networking, developing industry alliances, charting competitive strategies, conducting educational seminars, and advocating business issues before state and local legislatures.

Built In Chicago is a resource for “digital professionals” working to build great web and mobile businesses. Our mission is to connect, educate and promote the growing digital community in Chicago. Connect with other digital professionals in Chicago. Share interesting news, expertise and POVs. Browse the latest startup and company newsevents and job openings. Promote your company, events and employees.  Post a blogadd an eventupload a videoshare your photos. Participate in promoting Chicago as a hub for digital tech innovation.

The Business Book Roundtable provides a discipline and forum for alumni, guests and current Chicago Booth students to discuss relevant and current business issues presented in recent business publications. If you wish to be notified of upcoming events, subscribe to our e-mail list. Announcements on upcoming meetings are also made through various University of Chicago publications and the Roundtable web site.

The Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) promotes and grows the startup community in Chicago.  The CEC works with innovative and high-growth tech and consumer products companies from startup to growth stage through business advisory services and events that facilitate relationship development and ideas exchange.

Compass Partners provides resources, training and a vibrant support network to students with innovative ideas to change the world through business. We offer campus-based social entrepreneurial incubators and training programs that employ creative methods of education and make a deep investment in each student. Our main program, the Compass Fellowship exposes 15 college freshmen at each university to the world of social entrepreneurship through an intensive personal development and social business training program. The Compass Fellowship currently runs at five universities and is now expanding nationally. For more information, visit www.compasspartners.org

Cornerstone Angels seeks to bridge the growing funding gap between start-up and institutional capital, improving economic development and helping to seed the companies of tomorrow.

Cornerstone Angels is a membership-based private investment group composed of successful entrepreneurs and business executives. The group seeks to provide financial capital, mentorship, and advisory support to high growth organizations.  The company will consider opportunities nationally, but is focused on greater Midwest given its Northbrook, IL base.

The Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN) in Chicago is one of ten local chapters of the larger Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN), focused on cultivating entrepreneurship through and within each individual city of Dartmouth, Thayer, Tuck and the Medical School Alumni. Growing out of the original Hanover entrepreneurship conference, Greener Ventures, the network has expanded from Coast to Coast with ten DEN Cities being formed in the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, DC, Denver, LA, Ohio, New York, North Carolina, and Seattle. The mission of the ten Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Networks is to foster relationships among its members, help educate each other about founding, operating, and financing entrepreneurial endeavors, and help establish and grow the DEN network. DEN Chicago helps to fuel entrepreneurial activity among Dartmouth alumni acting as a catalyst for its members to learn from one another, share best practices, develop responsible leadership, and collaborate for mutual benefit.

As a part of DePaul University, the Coleman Entrepreneurship Center is an extension of the College of Commerce’s academic program in entrepreneurship, and serves two purposes: On campus, the Center helps students launch and grow their own ventures through a virtual incubator and an annual new venture competition. In the community, the Center helps entrepreneurs and business owners through peer-to-peer educational programs and roundtables, and connects them with opportunities to speak and receive assistance from students in entrepreneurship courses. The Center aims to make Coleman.DePaul.edu the premier online community and resource for business owners looking to strategically grow their businesses.

The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (www.eonetwork.org) is a dynamic, global network of more than 8,000 business owners in 40 countries.  Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO is the catalyst that enables entrepreneurs to learn and grow from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life.  Membership in one of EO’s 120 chapters is by invitation only; the average member is 41 years old with annual revenues of US$17.3 million.

The Office of Entrepreneurship is committed to promoting excellence in multidisciplinary entrepreneurship, innovation and regional engagement in new venture creation at GW. The Office serves as a focal point to foster, promote, and perpetuate quality academic research, education, and outreach programs. It leverages the unique strengths of GW’s schools in the nation’s capital to serve society at large though the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship.

Each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week connects people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others participated in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings. To learn more visit www.unleashingideas.org

Hyde Park Angels is an organization that provides a forum for entrepreneurial-minded members to invest in seed and early stage businesses, primarily located in the Midwest. HPA is a group of current and former executives, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists who are interested in investing their time and money into outstanding startups. HPA also provides domain expertise, strategic advice and coaching to its companies.  The Chicago-based Hyde Park Angels Network was founded in 2006 by a group of classmates from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA Program.

I2A is a Seed/Early Stage Venture Capital Fund focused on catalyzing and partnering with the next wave of successful entrepreneurial companies in the Illinois region. I2A was co-founded and launched by many of Chicago’s most prominent business leaders and entities. These leaders of their respective industries have not only invested in I2A but also are committed to helping I2A’s portfolio companies with their collective expertise and networks. To learn more visit www.i2afund.com

The Illinois Innovation Network (IIN) is an initiative of the Illinois Innovation Council (IIC), a diverse group of leaders convened by Governor Pat Quinn to promote engagement, innovation, and economic development. The IIN is a common platform through which startups, innovation-driven enterprises, service provides, research institutes, colleges, universities and community leaders connect, share ideas, and market tools and resources to accelerate the growth of business and industries in the Midwest.

The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition cultivates innovation and technology-based economic development in Illinois by fostering public-private partnerships to develop and execute R&D projects; advocating for funding for R&D initiatives; and collaborating with public and private partners to attract and retain R&D resources and talent in Illinois.

Illinois Small Business Development Centers (A program of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity) located throughout the state provide information, confidential business guidance, training and other resources to early stage and existing small businesses.  Services include: One-on-one business advice and management assistance; Assistance with the development of business plans; Help with accessing market information and the development of marketing plans; Assistance accessing business financing programs; Assistance with financial analysis and planning; Access to business education and training opportunities; SBDC provides specialized services in technology, innovation and entrepreneurial development.

The Illinois Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Duman Entrepreneurship Center provides one-on-one counseling at no charge for start-ups and pre-existing small businesses in the Chicago metropolitan area. The center offers entrepreneurial training, business assistance, mentoring and access to capital. The center has been helping small business owners since 2001. The Duman Entrepreneurship Center is made possible through a generous gift from Louis Duman to the Centennial Campaign for the Jewish Federation for the JVS Endowment Foundation and a grant from Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the Center partners with local banks, government agencies, business professionals, business schools, organizations and the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago. To learn more about us and how we can assist you in your entrepreneurial endeavors please visit us at www.jvschicago.org/duman.

ITA champions the interests of start-ups and industry leaders, innovation agents and students as independent and collaborative thought leaders who leverage the power of technology to transform business. Through fostering strategic development, peer-to-peer leadership, networking, and access to experts across the breadth of business, membership in ITA accelerates the realization of success. For more information about ITA, please visit www.illinoistech.org.

The IVCA, formed in 2000, is a 125 member trade association representing the interests of the venture capital and private equity community that collectively have $100 billion in assets under management.

interimCEOinterimCFO is the worldwide network of interim CEOs, CFOs, COOs, CMOs, CTOs, CIOs, and turnaround specialists and offers corporations, owners, equity funds and boards of directors free, instant search for executive talent on demand. Find and directly contact highly qualified interim, contract, and project executives atwww.interimCEO.com.

Kellogg School of Management is a world class business school. We have been developing global leaders with our innovative MBA, EMBA and Executive Education programs since 1908. Supported by a worldwide network of more than 50,000 alumni, today’s students continue the legacy that began when the school was founded at Northwestern University more than one hundred years ago. A Kellogg business education will give you the experience necessary to prepare you to outsmart the competition, excel in the fast-paced global economy, solve problems creatively and build consensus across diverse groups. Learn more at www.kellogg.northwestern.edu\

The Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago (KACC) was established to facilitate lifelong learning, connections, and business and social relationships among fellow alumni in the Chicagoland area. KACC offers various events to members, including social outings, community service opportunities and professional development events to further sharpen your Kellogg ‘tool kit’. All Chicagoland Kellogg alumni are automatically members of KACC.

Maryland tops the nation in research and development spending and is improving in commercializing research and development breakthroughs. Entrepreneur Magazine ranked TEDCO #1 nationally for the largest number of investments in start-up/seed or early stage companies for five consecutive years! TEDCO is bringing innovations from universities and federal labs into the State’s economy by facilitating the transfer of technology to the private sector and by providing emerging technology companies and university researchers with vital seed funding and specialized technical assistance. To learn more visit www.marylandtedco.org.

MIT Enterprise Forum is the global voice of entrepreneurship. For more than thirty years, Enterprise Forum has been a platform for entrepreneurial networking, inspiration and education. MIT Enterprise Forum is a community of volunteers sharing resources, knowledge and a passion for entrepreneurship and wealth creation. To learn more visit enterpriseforum.mit.edu.

MOJO Minnesota is an innovation advocacy force comprised of like-minded business leaders working to fuel entrepreneurship and reignite Minnesota’s culture of innovation. We are business advisors, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and attorneys passionate about creating jobs and economic growth through the power of Minnesota based technology companies. Our goals are to provide a unique voice and support to Minnesota-grown innovation and shine the light on amazing new technologies developed here that will propel us into becoming a top 5 nationally ranked state for innovation and growth. We will do this through state policy advocacy, creating and hosting unique and interactive community and mentoring events and fostering an active and growing dialog that connects like-minded entrepreneurs, investors, industry groups and corporate partners in bringing Minnesota’s rich innovation heritage back into national prominence.

SeedStart is interested in companies focusing on advertising infrastructure, e-commerce, digital content, and mobile technology. Our goal is to help close the gap between funding and the teams who are just getting started in NYC.  A major advantage of SeedStart Media is the vertical approach to the program. By involving professionals from the venture capital and startup world as well as mentors from large media companies, a full complement of guidance and marketplace feedback can be combined into the same program. Some example applications include companies that can deliver creative ideas in relation to digital and mobile advertising, virtual publications, mobile e-commerce platforms, and cloud computing in relation to media businesses. For more information, visit www.nycseedstart.com

The Purdue Research Park (http://www.purdueresearchpark.com) has the largest university-affiliated business incubator complex in the country. The Purdue Research Park has four sites in the State of Indiana. They are Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, Purdue Research Park at AmeriPlex-Indianapolis, Purdue Research Park of Northwest Indiana and the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana. The nearly 200 companies located in the park network employ about 4,000 people. Visit our site athttp://purdueresearchpark.com/

RedFlash and RedFlash Press are divisions of interimCEO, Inc. RedFlash is an outsourced corporate development team and interim management team. Visitwww.RedFlash.com. RedFlash Press is publisher of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America. InterimCEO, Inc. also owns interimCEOinterimCFO, the worldwide network of contract, project and interim executives, at www.interimCEO.com.

Strategic Management Partners, Inc. (www.StrategicMgtPartners.com 410-263-9100) is a turnaround management firm specializing in interim management and executive CEO leadership, asset and investment recovery, corporate renewal governance, private equity advisory, and investing in underperforming distressed troubled companies. SMP helps clients restore value to troubled companies, prepare entities for ‘cash out’ at maximum value, recover assets for fund investors, support litigation, and invest private equity into distressed opportunities. The firm has been advisor to Presidents Bush (41 & 43), Clinton, Reagan, and Yeltsin, World Bank, EBRD, Company Boards, and Equity Capital Investors on leadership, governance, turnaround management and equity investing. Visit www.StrategicMgtPartners.com.

TechAmerica is the leading voice for the U.S. technology industry – the driving force behind productivity growth and jobs creation in the United States and the foundation of the global innovation economy. Representing approximately 1,200 member companies of all sizes from the public and commercial sectors of the economy, it is the industry’s largest advocacy organization and is dedicated to helping members’ top and bottom lines. TechAmerica is also the technology industry’s only grassroots-to-global advocacy network. Learn more about TechAmerica at www.techamerica.org.

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), was founded in 1992 in Silicon Valley by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region. There are currently 13,000 members, including over 2,500 charter members in 57 chapters across 14 countries. TiE’s mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycles of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE’s focus is on generating and nurturing our next generation of entrepreneus. TiE also hosts a wide range of programs and events catering to various industry verticals, educational events hosted by TiE Institute, TiE Young Entrepreneurs (TYE) program to foster entrepreneurship in our youth, and TiE Women’s Forum for empowering women entrepreneurs.

TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its global network sponsored by top venture capital, legal and accounting firms and Fortune 500 corporations. TiE is spread across 55 chapters in 13 countries comprising 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members and 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members. To learn more visit www.tie.org.

The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies expands awareness and knowledge of new venture opportunities, offers methods for creating and growing enterprises, and celebrates entrepreneurship. We champion the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set among the students, faculty and community by: Providing faculty a forum to encourage collaboration for the entrepreneurial research and  academic programs at UIC; Hosting annual events to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement and encourage advancement of entrepreneurs; Being a leading resource for business growth in order to advance the Illinois economy.http://www.uic.edu/cba/ies/

Founded in 1986, the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship is a top-tier entrepreneurial institute recognized around the world as a leader in enterprise creation. Forward looking and community focused, the Center actively encourages a real-world business culture that innovatively bridges the theoretical with the practical.

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE®) is the largest independent, professional, and academic organization in the world dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship.  With nearly 1,000 members which include universities and colleges, researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurship educators, organizations that support entrepreneurship education, and public policy influencers, USASBE is a diverse mix of professionals that share a common commitment to fostering entrepreneurial attitudes and behaviors.  USASBE is built around four pillars that guide the ongoing development of our organization. The pillars include: entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship research, entrepreneurship outreach, and public policy. By fostering advances in each of these areas, we support the development of entrepreneurship educators who in turn will create next generation of entrepreneurs. USASBE is the Network Advancing the Art of Entrepreneurship Education.  www.USASBE.org

The core purpose of the Wharton Club of Chicago is to help our members prosper both personally and professionally by providing an environment that promotes career enrichment, business outreach, personal and professional networking, philanthropic and mentoring activities, social activities, a trusted community, and the Wharton brand locally. We accomplish these through a wide variety of programs, events, and member services. The Club is filled with successful people from a variety of positions and backgrounds. We offer a stimulating environment to meet new people, rekindle old connections, and expand your network. To learn more visit  www.whartonclubchicago.com

The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) is the oldest, largest, most comprehensive, and successful women’s business assistance center in the United States. We’re nationally and internationally recognized for our responsive, innovative, and effective programs and advocacy efforts. We deliver business services and financial assistance to empower women towards entrepreneurship and economic self-sufficiency.  Since our founding in 1986, we’ve grown from a two-person operation to a staff of 24 full-time employees and consultants, a roster of expert trainers, industry-specific advisory boards, and a powerful Board of Directors comprised of Chicago women considered leaders in their fields.  Over the years, we’ve assisted more than 65,000 women in the greater Chicago area, helped establish 14 additional women’s business assistance centers in six states in the U.S., and continue to be credited for  programs and policies that impact women’s economic development across the nation and globally.

CBIZ (NYSE: CBZ) is a publicly traded, national professional services company serving small to mid-market public and private companies, not-for-profit and governmental organizations through two primary service lines – FINANCIAL SERVICES and EMPLOYEE SERVICES – with over 140 offices in major metropolitan markets throughout the U.S.  Like other national Financial Services firms, our tax/consulting and audit practices are organized as separate and independent legal entities that work seamlessly together to serve our clients. Together, CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM), an independent CPA firm dedicated to attest services, rank as the 7th largest accounting services provider in the U.S.    CBIZ Employee Services is a leading national provider of Employee Benefits and Retirement Plan Services, and is one of the largest publicly owned Property & Casualty Insurance brokers in the country.   Online at www.cbiz.com and www.mhm-pc.com.