Saturday, June 23, 2012

Good summer to be in Evanston

Malik Turley, in blue, and dancers from the Hip Circle Studio entertain at Evanston's Custer Street Fair last Saturday. More from Joel Lerner's take that day is up on the Evanston Review website and his Facebook page.

Bill Smith's take is up on Evanston Now.

Stay tuned here for more pictures of Evanston summer fun.

Friday, June 22, 2012

BizPics applying for Mission: Small Business grant

Update: On June 29, we got the 250 votes we needed to be considered for the grant. Big thank-you to all who voted for us.

Like other Evanston-based business, such as New Leaf Urban Gardens (in need of votes), iBraincercise (closing in on 300 votes), The Titanic Players, I Want To Draw a Cat For You! (close to 350 votes as of this post), my company, Kring Lerner Group is going for it!

We've applied for a Chase and Living Social's Mission: Small Business grant for BizPics too.

Scheduled approximately every other month, often at Boocoo Cultural Center or Creative Coworking, a BizPics shoot is a fun and affordable way to have a good business portrait made.

The grant money, $250,000, will support a new program for Chicago-area unemployed job seekers needing headshots on LinkedIn, Facebook and beyond, as well as help make BizPics a more sustainable operation.

We'll need 250 votes by June 30 to be eligible for the grant.
Grant recipients will be announced in September.

Please search on "BizPics" after logging in at and cast a vote for us.

Thanks. We appreciate our community's support.

Side note: While most our shoots happen in Evanston, our mailing address is in Skokie, so on Mission: Small Business' website we show up when you search on Skokie, IL.

For more about Mission: Small Business' judges and sponsors, check out their press release on BusinessWire.

Portrayed here: Scott Green Sue and Tom Swigert and Julianne Dieterich.