Searching for the right tips to take your business to the next level while making meaningful and authentic connections in your community? Join us for #imakealiving Powered by FreshBooks!

#imakealiving brings together a diverse panel of entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners for lively and candid conversations.

Hear how others were able to turn their small business failures into successes and have the opportunity to ask them questions related to your business. After the discussion, the event opens up for networking—a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people.

The theme for this event is: Businesses Serving Communities

Here are some topics we’ll be discussing:

  • Creating a business to serve a specific community or group
  • Understanding your market and how to stand out
  • Building a strong personal brand
  • Growing your team
  • Coming up with the right business idea
  • Failure and Starting Over
  • Visible Minority Businesses – Understanding their rights and tax incentives

The Perks:

Free Professional Headshots by Aaron Gang

Swag by FreshBooks

A free co-working offer by Deskpass

Tacos and drinks by FIG Catering

Plus… demos, gifts, & contests!

The Schedule:

6:30 pm: Doors open, networking, and headshots
7:30 pm: Panel discussion
8:15 pm: Q&A with the audience
8:45 pm: Networking, demos, headshots, drinks

The Panelists:


Sam Rosen

Born and raised in Chicago, Sam Rosen has spent the better part of the last decade starting businesses all centered around people and design. Formally trained as a designer, Sam is now the Co-Founder & CEO of Deskpass, a monthly membership that offers as-needed access to an ever-growing network of professionally managed workspaces throughout the U.S. and soon, the world.

Sam prides himself on his keen ability to connect great people with lovely ideas, spaces and other great people all with the goal of making meaningful work and hopefully making the world a better place along the way.

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Zainab Adio-Saka

Zainab Adio-Saka, MBA is the President and CEO of Z.A.S. Consulting, Inc., a minority & women-owned consulting firm based in Chicago that provide Small Business Certification to small businesses.

Ms. Adio-Saka is an innovative executive with 15+ years of experience in Certification, Audits, Real Estate, Compliance, Human Resources and Program/Project Management. She is a flexible, service-oriented leader who motivates others by offering a unique combination of creative talents and analytical skills that produces cost-effective solutions for internal and external customers.

Ms. Adio-Saka is an alumnus of Chicago State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration/Management and Saint Xavier University with a Masters’ in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus of Human Resources Management. Ms. Adio-Saka is also licensed as a Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker.

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Eric Williams

Eric Williams is the founder and creative director of The Silver Room an innovative retail, arts, education and community events space opened in 1997. The Silver Room intersects the worlds of fashion, music and visual art, and acts as a boutique, gallery, and community arts center. Williams is committed to creating spaces and curating events that strengthen communities and fuel positive economic impact. He holds a degree in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a 2018 Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

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More speakers to be announced soon!

The Moderator:


Paco Arizmendi

Actor + Podcaster

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