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Interview with Sheryl Kosovski of Artful Work

By |2018-04-26T16:55:47-05:00December 6th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Entrepreneurs, Interviews|Tags: , |

 Sheryl Kosovski  Artful Work Area of Expertise:  I help creative entrepreneurs, artists, designers of all kinds and craftspeople grow their businesses and make more money doing what they love.     What is your business & what makes it unique? I have been helping artists, designers, craftspeople and all kinds of creative entrepreneurs for over 20 [...]

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Catalyst Ranch Designed Cubicle

By |2018-04-26T16:55:51-05:00August 1st, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Creative Spaces, Creativity, Inspire|

From Drab to Fab... the Catalyst Ranch design team does it again. Dessa, our 2012 spring winner, now happily enjoys her newly improved desk. Dessa vocalized a desire that one wall of her long cubicle be an area of inspiration for her when she's working on projects. We addressed this aspect of the design by creating [...]

Interview with Jeff Marinucci, President of inerTRAIN &Executive Producer of Taking the Lunge

By |2018-04-26T16:55:51-05:00July 12th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Entrepreneurs, Innovation|Tags: , |

Our friend, Jeff Marinucci, wowed us with his innovative, customized and online training program that works with clients to create a unique fitness schedule. We asked Jeff about his business, inerTrain, and his new reality show, Taking the Lunge. Taking the Lunge is a reality-based program following 5 individuals as they fit fitness into their busy [...]

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Catalyst Ranch Ranchware

By |2018-04-26T16:55:53-05:00April 3rd, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Inspire|Tags: |

Found and Repurposed by Catalyst Ranch Maybe you had a great brainstorming session here at Catalyst Ranch and want to continue in that creative direction but need some help keeping the energy going? Or maybe your office is just drab and could use some Shazam? Either way, any office or desk could use a little pick [...]

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Stunning animal sculptures created from shattered CDs

By |2018-04-26T16:55:53-05:00March 16th, 2012|Categories: Creativity, Innovation, Inspire|Tags: |

Here is a collection of work that just breathes new life into something old.  Exactly what we like to see! Artist Sean Avery has come up with what is without a doubt an amazing use for old CDs. Instead of selling his old CDs, he creates stunning animal sculptures using shattered shards and imagination. Using a [...]

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Interview with Erica Hawkinson from Open Books

By |2018-04-26T16:55:53-05:00March 14th, 2012|Categories: Create, Interviews|Tags: , , , |

Tell us about Open Books and the organization’s history. Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that operates an extraordinary bookstore, provides community programs, and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago.  Every time you shop at Open Books in River North, proceeds are funneled toward our signature reading and writing programs, which transform the [...]

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5 ways to say “Happy Birthday Chicago!”

By |2018-04-26T16:55:54-05:00March 2nd, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Meet|Tags: |

The City of Chicago celebrates its 175th birthday on March 4, 2012! The celebration falls on the day Chicago's charter was approved by the State of Illinois and became an official city in 1837. At the time, Chicago's population was documented at only 4,150 residents. Today's Chicago is hovering around 2.7 million residents citywide and is [...]

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Collaboration Spurring Creativity in Writing

By |2018-04-26T16:55:54-05:00February 24th, 2012|Categories: Create, Creativity|Tags: , |

While crowd sourcing is a hot concept in almost all businesses at the moment, one realm it hasn't touched is the mystical world of novel writing. But a San Francisco-based author came up with an uber-tech-savvy way to write a first novel. Her name is Natalie Linden. She calls herself the Unreliable Novelist, and her project [...]

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Interview with WBEZ’s Shannon Heffernan on Making Your Own Job

By |2018-04-26T16:55:54-05:00February 22nd, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Entrepreneurs, Interviews|Tags: , |

Freelancers and one-person businesses are a growing part of the workforce. And it’s just not just the journalist and artist we typically associate with freelancing.  Educators, miners, construction workers, and cooks—they all have a growing ratio of contract work to full-time jobs. WBEZ’s Front and Center hosted a free event here at Catalyst Ranch, Making Your [...]

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Passion & Inspiration… It Works For Eva…

By |2018-04-26T16:55:55-05:00February 7th, 2012|Categories: Catalyst Ranch, Create, Entrepreneurs, Innovation|Tags: |

We know that everyone could use a little inspiration in their life - after all that is precisely what we at Catalyst Ranch learn, teach and live. Longtime friend, Mitch Morrison, started and is now leading a community of business people who are fascinated, curious and passionate about the power of inspiration and how it can [...]

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