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  • Wintrust Business Lunch 8/16/17: Pres. Trump’s Business Council’s, DuPage Medical Group, & Proxfinity

    The business community in the US find’s itself in the news spotlight again as President Donald Trump decided to disband Manufacturing Council, and the Strategy & Policy Forum. Thankfully, Terry Savage was sitting next to Steve to provide perspective and also touch on her latest article. Frank Sennett checked in on the local business scene with Boeing’s major impact on the economy along with DuPage Medical Group is using their newly acquired 1.45 billion dollars and Lisa Carrel explained how […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 8/16/17

    On August 16th, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The US Commerce Department shared housing starts for July The Federal Reserve releases minutes from it’s July interest rates meeting Target Corp. reports earnings today First round of NAFTA Negotiations with US, Canada, and Mexico begin today Forbes releases it’s list of highest paid actresses  

  • The Opening Bell 8/16/17: Practicing Finance with the “Million Dollar Cup of Coffee” Initiative

    Students returning back to school is near and an aspect that is commonly overlooked is the financial literacy of students. Steve sat down with Marc Horner (President of Fairhaven Wealth Management in Oakbrook) to talk about financial literacy discussions should be another piece of the to-do list, and about the “Million Dollar Cup of Coffee” Initiative. The focus then shifted to pets with Dr. Lowell Ackerman (Veterinarian at Orivet Genetic Pet Care) to discuss the importance of pet immunization.  

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 8/15/17: Taco Bell Cantina, Taylor Swift, & Gfycat

    Before jumping on air, three manufacturing advisors from President Trump’s advisory team left their positions with President Trump, and Steve was concerned. Jon Najarian told Steve that it can be an important indicator, but it should reflect on the economy. Andrew Herrmann shared the news about the attempt to add a Taco Bell Cantina into the Logan Square neighborhood, Suzanne Muchin provided her input on the Taylor Swift verdict along with the important message, and Richard Rabbat told Steve about […]

  • The Opening Bell 8/15/17: With All Eyes on N. Korea, What About Venezuela?

    In recent weeks, there has been plenty of focus on the United States and North Korea, but there is major concern for the situation down in Venezuela as well. Steve checked in with Patrick Gillespie (Reporter at CNNMoney) about his recent trips down to South America to gauge the severity of the economic pinch the population is experiencing. Caitlin McNeily (Organizer of 100 Women Who Give A Damn) then touched on the decision to better her community through 100 small […]

  • Associated bank Market Outlook: 8/15/17

    On August 15th, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The US Department of Commerce releases retail sales data for July, and a report on business inventories for June National Association of Home Builders releases it’s housing market index for August The US Treasury Department shares data on international money flows for June Home Depot report earnings today  

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 8/14/17: Sustainable Truck Fuel, Arrupe College, Charlottesville Rallies

    The search for renewable energy had been a difficult journey, but one company might have found a source of unlimited material to convert to use for fuel in long haul trucks. Jim Dallke joined Steve to talk about that and the other stories budding out of Chicago’s tech scene. Father Steve Katsouros stopped by to discuss all that Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is going to help at risk student’s beat the odds, and Randi Shaffer told Steve about […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 8/14/17

    On August 14th, 2017 Steve Grzanich shares today’s potential market drivers: The Rand Corporation released a report detailing hostility, stress level, physicality of the US workplace A Secret to Happiness report is released today Space X launches their Falcon 9 Rocket today Home Depot, Target, Walmart and others report earnings later this week  

  • The Opening Bell 8/14/17: Who Wins If The ATC Privatizes?

    Earlier in the year Steve Grzanich reported on the potential privatization of the Air Traffic Control system that runs our countries airports. As the story develops, Dan Hubbard (SVP of the National Business Aviation Association) checked in with Steve to discuss who this will benefit the most from the decision that is expected to be finalized soon. Melissa Davies (Author of “How Not to Act Like a Bleep at Work”) then kicked off a new work week by teaching Steve […]

  • Wintrust Business Lunch 8/11/17: Telemarketing, Scaling a Company, & Food Delivery

    Telemarkerters have always been an annoyance to cell phones across the world, but would you answer a call from your own phone number? Steve chatted about the latest changes in telemarket technology with Andrea Hanis and many other stories in Blue Sky Innovation. Tom Gimbel talked about his experience of scaling a company for the past 19 years, Natasha Korecki gave a political update from the “Illinois Playbook“, and Samantha Bombkamp learned that some restaurants are actually trying to avoid […]