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Fall 2011 Roosevelt's Walter E. Heller College of Business initiated its first Incubator Businesses with the goal of furthering our commitment to entrepreneurship and sustainable business. Our first incubator businesses have now moved on and we have expanded the number and locations (now in both Schaumburg and Chicago).

Chicago    Schaumburg   
AJO & Associates   HandsOn Suburban Chicago  
Global Targeting
  Linked Local Network  
Innovatech
  Starlink Global Education
 
Innovative Concepts Unlimited
 
 
Internship and Career Consulting

AJO & Associates

AJO & Associates professional recruiting service is recognized as the vendor of choice to several fortune 500 firms with active services throughout the nation. We are a woman owned, minority business committed to serving others and empowering women as we help people reach their full potential. AJO focuses on building meaningful relationships while helping companies attract top talent, improve process efficiency, increase sales productivity and strengthen their diverse representation.

Everything we do is about connecting great clients with great people and supporting their success. Our steadily increasing clients tell us we’re unique because we listen and care about their business and their people.

Global Targeting

Global Targeting provides new thinking and new tools on how successful and cost-efficient innovation is managed at an organizational and employee level. Innovation becomes a managed activity rather than a random and spontaneous event. Business leaders can use Global Targeting propriety tools™ to choose the best employees, the simplest approach and the least cost alternative to achieve a desired innovation outcomes.

HandsOn Suburban Chicago

Heller Incubator Business HandsOn Suburban Chicago

HandsOn Suburban Chicago (HOSC), founded in 1969, has a mission to “inspire, equip and mobilize people to volunteer and take action that builds vibrant and prosperous communities”. HOSC primarily recruits and places volunteers with nonprofits in need of help and trains nonprofit staff in volunteer and nonprofit management. This provides over 200 local nonprofits and schools with critical capacity building support for strengthening and sustaining their programs. HOSC's service area includes 45 towns and villages in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, reaching a population of over 1.6 million.

Photo: Patty Neuswanger, Director of Community Engagement & Development and Christine Smith, CEO.

HOSC serves the community by:

  • Recruiting volunteers for nonprofit staff through the HandsOn Connect online volunteer matching database, community classes, a periodic newspaper column in the Daily Herald, and HOSC's website, which has an average of over 400 volunteer opportunities posted each week 
  • Connecting volunteers with over 200 nonprofits and schools in need of help through the targeted recruitment of youth, adults, seniors, and corporate employees. HOSC is the largest volunteer center in Illinois and over 8,000 volunteer referrals are made on average each year
  • Training nonprofit staff through the provision of professional development workshops, Strategic Volunteer Management Training Series (SVMTS) certificate courses, a nonprofit technical assistance program, and the distribution of an e-newsletter which discusses local trends and strategies in volunteer management 
  • Directing its own service initiatives to address unmet needs in the Chicago suburbs. This includes SAVE Consulting, which helps agency and school leaders define and recruit for skills-based and pro-bono volunteer needs; the Community Paint-A-Thon, which benefits low-income seniors and disabled persons; and the Homeland Security Program, to train volunteers to act in case of an emergency
  • Recognizing volunteers and volunteer managers through recognition events to celebrate their accomplishments

Innovatech

Heller Business Incubator InnovatechInnovatech IT Service Solutions LLC, is a minority certified, information technology consulting firm. We provide a full-suite of technology services that range from simple hardware repair to custom designed IT departments that integrate PC, data backup, mobile devices, camera security, and Voice over IP communication systems to uniquely meet our client’s needs. In addition to writing custom programs for our clients, we constantly have new ideas in process that will be marketed to the general public. Thus, Innovatech actively seeks to attract Roosevelt University students to join in and share our excitement.

Photo: Briana Beck and Miguel Granados, CEO/President

Innovative Concepts Unlimited

Innovative Concepts Unlimited (ICU) is a boutique-style, full service multimedia productions and technology solutions company.

We deliver cost-effective and valued-added solutions that impact success at the bottom-line! Your Stylist-style team will go the extra mile because we know it means the difference between achieving your goals and really exceeding them.

With over 20 years of delivering services in diverse industries, ICU has developed its distinctive formula for success. We practice our core competency every day as we pair strategic multi/interactive media expertise and technology knowledge, with leading customer service and state-of-the-art tools, to deliver quality workmanship to our clients.

Our secret principle: ICU understands each client’s unique story; We strategically produce the right multimedia and technology solution for the right environment tailor-made towards your mission.

ICU is driven by the standards of excellence and guided by the principals of integrity, commitment and customer service. We process business needs rather it's a start-up company or a large enterprise. As importantly, we listen to our clients, identify their needs and produce dynamic results.

Internship and Career Consulting (ICC)

Internship and Career Consulting (ICC) connects companies with emerging professionals through valuable internship experiences. ICC has the unique ability of matching the right intern with the right company by providing one-on-one attention to both parties. We take extra measures to create a winning connection. ICC has fostered relationships with a wide range of universities giving us the competitive edge to provide instant access to diverse interns from many different backgrounds. ICC has strong relationships with local universities such as: DePaul, Loyola, Northwestern, etc. ICC has also recruited from Yale, Stanford, Cornell, and other nation-wide and international academic organizations.

Internship and Career Consulting’s (ICC) mission is to strategically place pre-qualified interns with companies that provide the opportunity to expand their skill sets and experience for rewarding employment. Internship and Career Consulting (ICC) has the track record of selecting and coaching diverse interns that add value to a company and in turn gain real career experience. Our interns are recruited from universities of great standard, some of which are Ivy League; and are selected and placed through our RISME (recruiting, interviewing, selecting, managing and evaluating) approach. When combined with our intern mentoring, coaching, and grooming techniques, it creates a win-win situation for both the company and the intern.

The HR intern referenced in the blog is Roosevelt's very own graduate student Dianne Wolfe. She also wrote the blog. You can be proud! http://internshipandcareer.wordpress.com/

Linked Local Network

Fred McMurray of Linked Local NetworkThe mission of Linked Local Network (LLN) is to provide a digital platform where an online community connects via social media networks to the local office community resulting in a better global community.

LLN helps businesses build and maintain their digital dominance using various tools such as: Google Photos, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, website design, Social Media Marketing, Blogging, and most importantly through using their communities, as it through community teamwork building that global collaboration happens.

According to the June, 2011 Google/IPSOS survey, 58% of business with fewer than 250 employees don’t have a website and yet over the next three years, businesses that make use of the web expect to grow 40% faster than those that don't. Source: BCG Report, "The Connected World: The $4.2 Trillion Opportunity," March 2012. LLN’s research has shown that small business owners find websites too expensive to build and too cumbersome to maintain. The small business owner doesn’t have the manpower or the resources to have someone else maintain the website, so they opt out. Usually their alternative is to run an ad or just list their location information.

LLN has developed an easy solution to what has been a major dilemma, the LLN Signature page. Not only does the LLN Signature page give your business location and contact information, it is your opportunity to tell your story. Following your Signature Page launch, you can write columns (blogs) about your business events and attach that information to your Signature Page. It is as easy as me writing this weekly column. If you don’t have time, Linked Local Network will do it for you. To find out more visit: http://signup.linkedlocalnetwork.com/the-signature-page-a-business-solution/

In 2013 in conjunction with Roosevelt University's Heller College of Business and Hands On Suburban Chicago we launched the Schaumburg Hub (http://schaumburg.linkedlocalnetwork.com) to share news, information and events that professionals can use to grow their organization, engage in community dialogue and create long term, mutually beneficial relationships between business, nonprofit, public service agencies and education sectors. ”The Community Hub model offers many benefits to all sectors,” said Fred McMurray, Founder & CEO of LLN. “This initiative provides a win/win situation and no matter how participants choose to engage, efforts will result in increased exposure, a more strategic network of contacts and enhanced presence in the local community, whether business or nonprofit.”

Link Locally… Connect Globally…

Starlink Global Education

Heller Business Incubator Resident Starlink TechnologyThe mission of Starlink Global Education is to help American students and Chinese students to break the barriers between different cultures, experiences and education backgrounds and get them fully prepared for their college education and career developments in this interdependent world.