President’s Message – Changing Our Culture: Introducing The Diversity

I’m contemplating forums and how they work over time; specifically the benefits that I get from my EFBC Forum. It’s a huge cornucopia (like that scrabble winner?). It’s more than I could have ever imagined before getting involved with the… Read more→

Hiring Trends To Track In 2015

As I work within the walls of family owned, private and publicly held businesses, I have the advantage to see trends that are evolving in the workplace.  Some trends are a flash in the pan and others are game changers. … Read more→

President’s Message – Monthly Talks & Thoughts

I’ve been contemplating our membership statistics; one in particular points out a great opportunity. Over 80% of our members are “Family” businesses while less than 20% are “Entrepreneurs”, like myself.  Why is that?  Could it just be our name?  Could… Read more→

DePaul Spotlight on Dr. Patrick J Murphy

Chicago Family Business Council: Could you tell us a little bit about your programs and responsibilities? Dr. Patrick J. Murphy: Last year I founded the Social Enterprise Collaborative (, which is a donor-funded operation at DePaul that connects our students… Read more→

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

A recent Illinois Appellate Court case made life a lot easier for those who love to spend their summers in Chicago but can no longer tolerate the long, cold winters and the Illinois income and inheritance tax systems. Old Man… Read more→