Runner's Soul Owner Picked for Goldman Sachs Small Business Initiative

Also in this week's boards and blogs: Nazareth Academy teachers takeover McDonald's, Prasino shares gluten-free Thanksgiving stuffing recipe, Nest Vintage Modern shares furniture makeover tip and more.

Courtesy of Julie Travers.
Courtesy of Julie Travers.

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The Runner's Soul Owner Jayne Aspan Chosen to Participate in Goldman Sachs Small Business Initiative
Jayne Aspan, owner of Elmhurst and La Grange-based The Runners Soul, was chosen to participate in the latest round of Goldman Sachs’ selective 10,000 Small Businesses initiative. Funded by Goldman Sachs and The Goldman Sachs Foundation, 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses in the United States create jobs and spur economic growth by providing entrepreneurs with a practical business education, access to capital and business support services.

Nazareth Teacher Takeover at McDonalds
Nazareth Academy’s Booster Club sponsored a Teacher Takeover of the Westchester McDonald’s on Wednesday, November 13. This fun and successful fundraiser saw Principal Deborah Tracy making ice cream cones and shakes, school president Dennis Moran manning the coffee station and Athletic Director Duane Buturusis wiping down tables. Many other teachers, coaches and staff members were also on hand to help and serve.

Nazareth students, faculty and alumni all came out to support the cause enjoying the role reversal of giving orders to their teachers.

Gluten-Free Stuffing From Prasino
We're counting down the days to Thanksgiving and can't wait to make Prasino's executive chef Jared Case's gluten-free stuffing. With locations in La Grange, Wicker Park, and Rosemont, Prasino is known for its commitment to offering sustainable and local ingredients, as well as a variety of gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes.  The restaurant's philosophy is that flavor and presentation do not need to be sacrificed to offer clean and healthy food, and that is exactly the case with Case's gluten-free stuffing.

DIY: How to make a table out of a vintage suitcase
We’ve all seen those cute projects on Pinterest showing coffee tables, night stands, and pet beds made out of vintage suitcases, right? Well it’s probably one of the simplest upcycling projects you could tackle and lots of fun to boot. Here’s one I did recently with a chalkboard top. It’ll work as a cute play table with storage for Matchbox cars, Legos, etc. inside, then a game & drawing surface for tic-tac-toe, hangman, checkers, whathaveya.

Northwestern Mutual Recognizes LaGrange's Voigt With Forum Membership
Northwestern Mutual is honoring LaGrange Wealth Management Advisor Benjamin F. Voigt, CLU®, CFP® with membership in its 2013 Forum group, which  recognizes individuals for an outstanding year of helping clients achieve financial security.  

Rep. Lipinski Hosting Senior Fair Nov. 22 in Countryside
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3) will be hosting a Senior Fair on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Operating Engineers Banquet Hall in Countryside. 

At Rep. Lipinski’s Senior Fairs, seniors will have the opportunity to get help from his staff with Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, veterans’ benefits, the Postal Service, utility bills and other issues. Local organizations and agencies also offer assistance. Seniors can meet with businesses that provide services such as retirement living and offer special discounts for seniors. 

Organizing Your Home For the Holidays! 
A good friend and professional organizer extraordinaire, Susan Fleishman www.clutterfreeme.biz has some great tips for getting your home - and your life - ready to make room (literally and emotionally!) for the holidays. And with only 14 days until Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah, it's not too late to get started! These tips also work for any other time of year, including post holiday de-cluttering or if you are selling your home and want to make  sure it is "show ready" for prospective buyers. 

Reasons Why You Should Consider Refinancing Your Mortgage
Refinancing a mortgage is a golden opportunity to lock in today’s low interest rate for the next 15 or 30 years. While interest rates now are still low, there’s a good chance they will be heading up in the coming months.

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