Chicago businesses honored at the White House
Some of Chicago’s top young entrepreneurs and their companies were honored by the White House recently for their success.
The selectees were all companies founded by people under the age of 30, and revenues had to be over $100,000 for the year of 2010 or between January and November, 2011.
The honored Chicago companies are:
GiveForward, an online crowd-funding platform that helps users raise cash for out-of-pocket medical expenses, was founded in 2008 by Ethan Austin, 30, and Desiree Vargas-Wrigley, 29. This is a great site if you are trying to help a loved one raise money to pay for medical expenses incurred during an unexpected illness, or costs not covered by insurance.
ColorJar, purveyor of strategy consulting and website production work, was founded in 2009 by 29-year-old David Gardner. Eyecatching graphics and dramatic imagery factor strongly in their work. The company has an edgy and youthful vibe – you won’t be getting a boring website if you work with them!
Syndio Social helps large companies map their employee social networks and create support for initiatives that are happening within their clients’ organizations. Founded in 2008 by Zachary Johnson and Michael Kaye when both were 23. Johnson, an innovator in the network analysis side of the business, also has a successful track record in music marketing.
City of Sass, which draws its name from founder Jake Sasseville, is a TV production studio with a remarkable personal focus on Sasseville’s multimedia and writing projects. His short bio: “host and EP to ‘Late Night Republic’, #1 underdog in late-night, internationally renowned presenter, sky diving enthusiast, Baha’i, raw & authentic, part-time humanitarian, part-time philanthropist, full-time world citizen, unexpected benefactor to humanity, switched on, eccentric.”
These companies and many others like them are taking Chicago’s economy to the forefront of next-generation success.