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Sunnyside Chats - Virtual Chat - Business Innovation Under Pressure - A Panel Discussion with GRCC - December 10

Sunnyside Chats : Business Innovation - Dec. 10

Regular price $10

Rise and shine on the sunnyside! We're taking Sunnyside Chats virtual.

Topic: Business Innovation Under Pressure
Date: Dec. 10 @ 9-10:30AM CST, Zoom
Panelists: Jason Burrell - Long Room + Bluebird Inn, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart - Koval Distillery, and Seth Boustead - Access Contemporary Music

We've all heard the word a lot this year: PIVOT. And to some degree, we've all had to do that a bit this year—some more than others. As we close out a truly unique year, we'll hear from three local business owners who've innovated under pressure this year with success. 

This chat is co-hosted by our friends at the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce. As a small business resource, we encourage you to check out all the chamber has to offer for community building and small biz support.

Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds will go straight to My Block My Hood My City, a Chicago nonprofit organization that provides underprivileged youth with an awareness of the world and opportunities beyond their neighborhood.

Grab your ticket today! We limit seats to keep things intimate.

Meet Our Panelists

Jason Burrell opened neighborhood tavern and coffee house, the Long Room, along with his business partner and friend Clark Fowler, in 2000. The Long Room thrived as a friendly neighborhood tavern focused on craft beer until 2015 when the business expanded its scope with the addition of a full-service coffee program and an ancillary onsite food concession called Sidecar at LR. Sidecar has been the home of two distinct culinary operators and a long list of guest chef pop-ups and is now the permanent home of the Biscuit Man.

Jason also launched Bluebird Inn, an intimate, thoughtfully designed urban hideaway for travelers looking to immerse themselves in a true neighborhood experience after the renovation of the three residential units above the commercial spaces. In addition to operating the Long Room, Jason is also an associate at his family business, Burrell Realty, and a stage manager for Goodman Theatre.


Prior to opening KOVAL Distillery, one of the largest independent and woman-owned craft distilleries in the US, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart spent over a decade as a full professor in both the United States and Germany. In 2008, she gave up tenure in hopes of a different quality of life; one that would afford an opportunity for her to work with her husband, give up commuting, and return to the city she loved: Chicago.

As owner and president of KOVAL, she has spearheaded product development, distribution, and marketing, turning her family business into an international presence with availability in over 55 export markets. In light of the COVID-19 health crisis, she led KOVAL's transition into producing much-needed hand sanitizer for those on the front lines, including medical organizations, first responders, and community non-profits. Sonat is also involved in a number of philanthropic organizations, was recently named Illinois Business Person of the Year by the National Small Business Association, is a federally appointed member of the Illinois Export Council, and has been inducted into the Disciples d’Escoffier.


Seth Boustead is a composer, broadcaster, writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public. As a composer, he has forged a unique and highly personal identity through pieces that are regularly performed and heard on radio broadcasts around the world. Recent projects include an operatic adaptation of the classic Chris Marker film La Jetée, the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's Twelve Monkeys, and an hour-long chamber piece inspired by stories of Italo Calvino.

As the founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, Seth has created a wide range of unique programs to bring contemporary classical music to new audiences including the Sound of Silent Film Festival, the Thirsty Ears Festival - the country’s only classical music street fest, a chain of storefront music schools teaching musical creativity, a concert series in Chicago and New York and more than a dozen annual international commissioning projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico City and New York.

Seth is also the host and creator of the ASCAP Deems Taylor award-winning podcast Relevant Tones featuring music by and conversations with some of the most creative figures in contemporary classical music. Find more at www.sethboustead.com.

    We're meeting virtually, twice a month and have enjoyed chatting with attendees all over the world. Our virtual format is a bit shorter at 90-minutes but we're still GETTING SHIT DONE. Join us! Sunnyside Chats is co-hosted by Andi Mints Design and Indigo & Violet Studio.


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