If you asked me four months ago if I ever imagined going from a routine position at a large newspaper to one that is helping drive entrepreneurship amongst dozens of companies, I would say such a role doesn't exit.
As we move closer to the 2012 presidential election it is apparent that the future of our economy hinges on creating more successful small businesses, particularly in urban communities most in need of new jobs.
What brought our startup back to Chicago? Talent. That's right -- we had to leave Silicon Valley and come to Chicago to find talent. Popular wisdom says that the talent is all out in the Valley, but my experience suggests otherwise.