In the past, many of Chicago’s business organizations have been geared toward established companies, well-connected executives and formal events. Over the past few years, however, many have experienced a change in mentality as the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem has flourished with tech startups and young leaders.
BlueSky Innovation published a piece today profiling several of theChicago’s business clubs and organizations and where their membership stands in terms of entrepreneurs and startups.
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s membership base, for example, is 80 percent small businesses and entrepreneurs, and 30 percent self-report as having fewer than five employees.
“What really matters is when we stake out a position, we're able to say we represent the Chicago business community, which includes those that have fewer than five employees as well as those that are Fortune 500 global and have thousands and thousands of employees,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President and CEO of the Chamber.