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Happy Friday folks!  It’s time to kick off the weekend with this packed episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch.  Ilyce Glink of Think Glink Media starts the show today by talking about the increasing cost of rent across the nation.  Ilyce offers some great advice on how you can turn what seems like an unaffordable living situation into something that’s much less costly.  Get comfortable because we’re Ilyce will also be filling in for Steve for a few days later into this Holiday season!

Next, Tom Gimbel of the LaSalle Network joins Steve to talk about LaSalle’s most recent achievement – they’ve been honored with a Glassdoor Employees Choice Award! LaSalle Network is the only company in Illinois to make the list.  Tom also talks about why you should be pushing harder during the Holidays instead of taking time off.

Then, Jay Valko of Valko Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu joins the show with some great advice about creating and expanding your own business.  Jay runs one of the most prestigious Jiu-Jitsu academies in the Midwest and he’ll talk about why starting your own small business doesn’t have to feel like you’re breaking bricks with your head.

Robert Mander – the founder of – wraps up the show by taking a look at what all those crazy government acronyms really mean.  All that and more on this episode of the Wintrust Business Lunch!