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Female Empowerment Business Strategy

Meet JinJa Birkenbeuel of Birk Creative

October 23, 2014

Over the past 17 years, the number of female-owned firms in the United States has increased to one-and-a-half times the national average. That’s a lot of businesses, but more importantly, that’s a lot of female entrepreneurs who are pushing the envelope to redefine the paradigm of what it means to be a leader in business in this country. Enter JinJa Birkenbeuel of Birk.Creative, our hometown example of a female entrepreneur who is using her success in the business world to inspire other women to reach farther, see the big picture and build their network of support for sustainability in their fields. The success of this mother of three is dependent not only …  Read more

Washio: Your New Laundry Ninja

Say Goodbye to Doing Laundry for Good

October 9, 2014

While some of us feel we will go mad if we have to hear about another awesome app, this one is worth the hype. Washio–the leading app for dry cleaning and laundry–allows you to enjoy the luxury of on-demand dry cleaning and laundry delivery with a click of your phone. Available free on iPhone and Android, the Washio app enables customers to select a laundry pickup and drop-off time from 6 a.m. to midnight. A Washio ninja will arrive with reusable bags during the selected half-hour window and return 24 hours later with clothes professionally washed and folded or dry cleaned. In-app billing allows for automatic payments, so no cash is needed. It’s …  Read more


Chicago Author Rebecca Sive Brings You Her Inspirational Guide to Becoming a Leader and Making a Difference!

September 25, 2014

Dear Cheeky girlfriends: Being a woman is hard work. In this day and age, we want to do it all and we want to do it better than everyone else. We juggle enormous tasks, from running companies to changing diapers, and we still often struggle for equality that irrevocably belongs to us. If you are proud of being a woman, we have just the book for you. Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office, from the PTA to the White House, by Chicago author Rebecca Sive, is the inspirational, insider’s guide for Cheeky readers who want to do the following: prevent sexual violence, get fair pay, make …  Read more