live (free) small business workshop

One of the most transformational quotes from The Seven Habits for me is this:

The imagination can be used to achieve the fleeting success that comes when a person is focused on material gain or on “what’s in it for me.” But I believe the higher use of imagination is in harmony with the use of conscience to transcend self and create a life of contribution based on unique purpose and on the principles that govern interdependent reality.

– Stephen Covey, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective people, page 135

I believe that a focus on true contribution was lacking in my list of intentions and visions for my life earlier this summer, which caused me a lot of anxiety and selfishness. I was thinking about me, me, me, not about serving society.

To rectify this, I think is a way I can contribute which is closely aligned with my purpose.

I’d like to host free small business q+a sessions here in Chicago.

While I am busy working on Jess LC, MML, and consulting with small business owners one-on-one, I also think that a recurring series of live chats to answer business or blogging questions may be an additional way to help people with my strengths.

I don’t have a detailed plan of what this may evolve into, I just want to put myself out there and see where it leads.

To start, I would like to know if people are interested in getting together here in Chicago to chat. I already have the perfect location lined up in Lincoln Park/Lakeview. And for this first session I’d really just like to gather, talk about what everyone is working on, and answer any business/blogging questions people have. And it would be in the evening to accommodate all you Midnight Hustlers out there.

So, if you are interested in attending please comment on this post or email me at {jess at} and let me know. If we get a 10-20 person group, I’ll go ahead and reserve the space and announce the details here on MML.

(And the best part? We can even bring treats to share.)

This Post Has 15 Comments

  1. Kate

    It would be great if you hosted it as a webinar or conference call for those of us not in Chicago! I would definitely participate in D.C.!

  2. Mae

    This is so, so exciting! I would love to participate. I’ll be back in Chicago permanently at the beginning of the year so I’ll be available then to participate. I’m really looking forward to it! I really love your vision and your purpose!

  3. Diana

    This sounds so interesting! I’m not a small business owner but have thought about it – launching out into a perhaps Etsy-based (to start) graphic design business – and would also be interested in a webinar or video of the session, since I’m in the SF Bay Area, CA.

    Completely off-topic, but I actually came to your blog to tell you about these cool chevron-fabric-covered chairs from UO, since you love chevrons so much… I don’t work for UO – just an old reader who remembers you blogging about your love of chevrons! Happy returns.

  4. Jessica

    This is such a great idea! I wish I lived in Chicago and could participate!

  5. katie

    hey jess 🙂

    i think i’d be game for this to help me get a better basic understanding of my goals in small business and the more managerial aspect to it all… let me know if it’s a go! i can shoot you an email too, if necessary. (*might bring a friend*) xo, katie

  6. Praveen

    This is such a fun idea! I live in Chicago and would love to participate 🙂

  7. Danielle

    I would definitely interested in this!

  8. Danielle

    I would definitely be interested in participating!

  9. Meg

    I’m in! I’d love some website/blog assistance as well as small business finance/accounting tips.

  10. Sara

    This is such a great idea! I live in Chicago and I would love to participate!

  11. Jess

    Thanks so much for all of the Chicago girls who are up for meeting up! Based on emails and comments, I think this could be a go! And for those not in Chicago… no plans to make it an online thing yet. But I’ll definitely keep it in mind : ).

    Diana, thanks so much for sharing that chair! I think it has the same chevron fabric (or similar) to my blue curtains in my home!! So of course, I love it!

  12. Michelle Elaine

    I’d be interested! Keep us posted on the Chicago date & time… 🙂
    Thanks, Jess!

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