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    Wintrust Business Lunch 11/13/19: Where To Start with Open-Enrollment, Small Business Sat, & Crain’s 40 Under 40

    Steve Bertand, hosts the afternoon business program discussing a range of subjects from tips for navigating open-enrollment smoothly to preparing for Small Business Saturday. Segment 1: (At 0:00) Terry Savage, Publisher of, briefly turned her attention to D.C. where Fed President Jerome Powell is sharing his perspective on the economy, but more importantly she sorted through what Chicagoans need to know this year during the open-enrollment window. Segment 2: (At 14:04) Nancy Cummings, Executive Director of The La Grange […]

  • Building Business Around Town: GNP Realty Partners – Building Up Chicago with Family Values

    For nearly 15 years, GNP Realty Partners has been evolving with the fluctuating real estate times. Dean Kutrumanes (Principal and CEO of GNP Realty Partners) shared the story of the full-service real estate firm with Bennett Wakenight on this month’s Building Business Around Town conversation (presented by Associated Bank). The two discussed the undertaking of upgrading the Realtor Building on Michigan Avenue, the future of commercial real estate’s environmental impact, and the importance of conducting business with family values.   […]

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 11/13/19

    On November 13th, 2019 Steve Grzanich  shares today’s potential market drivers: Details on the October Inflation Rate are out today Jerome Powell testifies before the Joint Economic Committee The MBA Mortgage Applications are out today Canada Goose, Luckin Coffee, and Cisco all report earnings today

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    The Opening Bell 11/13/19: The Common Denominator Of Chicago’s Top Worlplaces: Employee Appreciation

    Finding the right career can be difficult because there are a lot of factors that go into dedicating oneself to a company or an industry. (At 5:04) Mary Ellen Podmolik (Business Editor at the Chicago Tribune) shared the results of the annual survey of the Top Workplaces in The City with Steve Grzanich and which companies received top rankings. (At 17:55) Bennett Wakenight then shared the Building Business Around Town conversation (presented by Associated Bank) by sitting down with Dean […]


    Wintrust Business Lunch 11/12/19: Jobs That Work With Drones, Re:Work Training, & The Chicago Food Depository

    Steve Bertand, hosts the afternoon business program discussing a range of subjects from what jobs will be created in the near future that involve drones, to how Re:Work Training is literally diversifying Chicago’s workforce. Segment 1: (At 0:00) Jon Najarian, Contributor at CNBC & Co-founder Najarian Family Office, recapped the speech President Trump gave at the Economic Club of New York and how the markets reacted, along with a few stock picks hes looking at today. Segment 2: (At 5:51) […]

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    Corporate Diversification Needs To Be More Than A PR Move

    The world has been ringing the bell on diversity in the corporate world, but how far have we actually come? Steve Grzanich talked with Dr. Pamela Newkirk (Professor at the Arthur L Carter Journalism Institute at NYU and Author of Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion Dollar Business) about how the awareness of the lack of diversity has been raised, but also questioned if leaders done all they can do to make it better.  

  • Associated Bank Market Outlook: 11/12/19

    On November 12th, 2019 Steve Grzanich  shares today’s potential market drivers: Small Business Optimism Index for October is out today The Economic Redbook is out today along with a number of Fed Speakers Tyson Foods, CBS, Smile Direct Club, all report earnings today

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    The Opening Bell 11/12/19: Molson Coors Looking Beyond The Beer

    The beer and beverage market is fast and ever changing, so industry giant Molson Coors is doing everything they can to stay nimble with the changes. (At 5:02) Peter Frost (Managing Editor of Behind The Beer at MillerCoors) explained to Steve Grzanich how their recent reorganization of the business, their precise analysis of convenience store sales, and future outlook into the cannabis industry are all keeping them at the forefront of consumer’s minds. (At 24:05) Dr. Pamela Newkirk (Professor at […]


    Wintrust Business Lunch 11/11/19: The “Keurig For Cocktails”, Financial Infidelity, & Walgreens Eyeing a Buyout

    Steve Bertand, hosts the afternoon business program discussing a range of subjects from a Chicago startup making Oprah’s “favorite things” list, to financial infidelity. Segment 1: (At 0:00) Jim Dallke, Sr. Editor at Chicago Inno, & Katherine Davis, Associate Editor at Chicago Inno, kicked off the week recapping a few Chicago startup stories including the “Keurig for Cocktails” that’s one of Oprah’s favorite things, a cannabis incubator is coming to the city and much more. Segment 2: (At 14:48) Ilyce […]

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    The Opening Bell 11/11/19: The Speed Bumps To Account For When Planning For Retirement

    Planning for retirement can be a tumultuous road because unexpected costs can throw the plan off course. (At 5:38) Mark Carman sat in for Steve Grzanich to talk with Ellie Ismailidou (Reporter at MarketWatch) about her latest work that touched on how the FIRE movement is growing, what to be aware of when retiring early, and how to plan for unexpected life events before/during retirement. (At 19:34) Nick Laughlin (Sr. Director of Content at Morning Consult) then updated Mark on […]

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