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→

Member Spotlight on Jacqui McGrew of Hoodz

Chicago Family Business Council: What year was Hoodz founded? Jacqui McGrew: Hoodz was founded in 2010. CFBC: Tells us a little bit about your company and the history behind it. JM: Hoodz is a commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning company. We are part of a… Read more→

DePaul Spotlight on Dr. Joel Whalen

Chicago Family Business Council: Tell us a little bit about your department? Joel Whalen: Over the past 10 years, DePaul’s Center for Sales Leadership has become the largest sales organization in the world; a thought leader in sales education. Our… Read more→