I always describe Inc. Well as being NBC Chicago’s small-business blog that’s about entrepreneurs and for entrepreneurs, everywhere between planning to quit their day job and planning to sell their first successful startup. Something that can get lost in the fray, though, is people who aren’t quite at that first notch yet. Well, I’m fixing that now by making you aware of a cool event: On Oct. 17, Next Door, State Farm’s free co-working space, is hosting an event from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. giving attendees a chance to pitch their projects. Granted, they need to be community-development projects, but if you have an idea in that realm you are kicking around but are too bashful or simply not confident in your own ideas and presentational skills, this is a training wheels environment to do so.
Plus, you know, there will be networking. So you never know what the unexpected value of this meeting will be. It’s run by High Ground, a company that nurtures young professionals. Its website describes itself in these heroic terms: “You’re standing at the bottom of a mountain looking up. You feel an inner drive to reach the summit, but you aren’t quite sure how to get there. You’re missing a clear path and the necessary supplies to make it to the top. This is where many young professionals stand. They have passions and goals, but lack the necessary resources to get where they want to be.”
The company exists to give people “opportunities to lead projects and put your ideas into action.”
If you’re feeling all that, you can RSVP for the Next Door session here.
David Wolinsky is a freelance writer and a lifelong Chicagoan. In addition to currently serving as IFC’s comedy, film, and TV blogger, he's also a comedy-writing instructor for Second City and an adjunct professor in DePaul’s College of Computing and Digital Media. He was the Chicago city editor for The Onion A.V. Club where he provided in-depth daily coverage of this city's bustling arts/entertainment scene for half a decade. His first career aspirations were to be a game-show host.