Having a Cup of Coffee with Levi Baer

By | February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Brainstorm, Consultants, Creative, Creative Spaces, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Interviews, Meeting Planner Spotlight, Motivation, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Levi is an innovator and entrepreneur who is bringing together other innovators and entrepreneurs in a spirit of collaboration in a no-pressure environment.  He brings this spirit to the West Loop when Coffee & Conversation comes to Catalyst Ranch in February. Name: Levi Baer Name of Your Company: Second Shift, teacher at DePaul University, and leader [...]

Your Own Plastic Recycling Workshop!

By | January 4th, 2017|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, January, Teach, Uncategorized, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

"In case you didn't notice. . " Everywhere you go, grocery stores are using less plastic bags, companies are reducing the use of plastic in their water and soda bottles, and eco-friendly companies are finding new ways to transport their products. The next logical question for someone concerned with the well-being of the planet and his or [...]

The Creative World of Play with Corporate Event Interactive

By | December 7th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Events, Innovation, Interviews, Problem Solving, Puzzles, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jodi Whitlock of Corporate Event Interactive tells us about how their team got started, where she likes to vacation (don't forget the wine!) and what's coming up for CEI. What made you get into this business? CEI began as a traditional event planning company. We quickly discovered an affinity for the teambuilding and interactive part of [...]

14th Anniversary Party: A Most Interesting Affair

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Anniversary Party, Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Entrepreneurs, Events, Meetings, Teambuilding, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Now that we have had a moment to breathe and are back to the business of business, we can look back and bask in the afterglow of our Anniversary Party.  It was one to remember! On November 14th, 2016, a beautiful Monday night, Catalyst Ranch had the great fortune of celebrating 14 years in style; with [...]

Meet Our Newest Catering Partner!

By | November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Creative, Entrepreneurs, Events, Holidays, Interviews, Kosher catering, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

At Catalyst Ranch we know that food is a essential component for any successful meeting.  Who doesn't love tasty morsels to keep their brain working?  Well, we are happy to announce that we now have a Kosher Catering partner for both our meeting side and our event side. Name: Linda Neiman Name of your Company: Zelda’s [...]

Channing Harris of Excuse Me Officer, November’s Inspiration

By | October 31st, 2016|Categories: Create, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Interviews, November, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

One of the great things about the Catalyst Ranch philosophy is to give back whenever possible.  To that end we partner with great organizations and sponsor other events that make a difference, like the South Side Pitch, hosted by the Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School.  Our sponsorship donation [...]

What We’ve Known For 14 Years. . .

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative, Creativity, Design, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip of the Week, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

I stumbled across this article written for LinkedIn by Rene de Ruijter, and thought it was terrifically written and would be of great interest to our Ranch audience.  I figured I would "dissect" it below.  The link to the full article is at the bottom. "The right working environment can stimulate creativity and innovation. Colours, lighting, [...]

Alexandra Eidenberg Talks About Her Passion – Supporting Women & Children

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Meet, Teach, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

  Ever stumble upon a great accident? Well that is how motherhood went for me. I was running for US Congress against Luis Gutierrez in the 4th District. It was 2012 and I had raised my first $25,000. I felt empowered. I felt alive. I was living my dream of working towards becoming a politician. Then [...]

Most Interesting Person – Ali Karbassi

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Consultants, Design, Entrepreneurs, Inspire, Interviews, Teach, Teambuilding, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

Most Interesting Person: Ali Karbassi   Over the past 15 years I’ve worked in many different industries; Professional photographer, senior web developer at web firms and advertising agencies, product developer at an Internet of Things startup, Technology Director at a product-based company, and CEO of a non-profit to name a few. Each has revolved around my love [...]

Who Wouldn’t Love a No Waste Grocery Store?

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Creative, Entrepreneurs, Innovation, Inspire, Meeting Tip, Problem Solving, Tip, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |

ZERO WASTE MARKET I remember when I was a kid and my mom would take me a half hour away to piano lessons.  After the lesson, as a reward, Mom would take my brother and I to a store that had candy and gum and seeds and nuts in big barrels and bins, and [...]