How Traditional Businesses Can Build Offices Like The Hottest Silicon Valley Startups

Silicon Valley and San Francisco aren’t the only urban centers that have office workspaces completely different than those that existed just a decade or two ago. Thanks to tech behemoths like Facebook and Google, companies around the U.S. are seeing a fundamental shift in workspace. Traditional space users—law firms, accounting groups, ad agencies, and so on—are now looking to edgy…

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Startup Culture Inspires Changes In Traditional Chicago Office Spaces

Chicago office spaces originally suited for law and accounting firms are being repurposed to attract tech startups and the firms who want to emulate that culture, says Howard Ecker, whose eponymous Chicago-based firm, founded 38 years ago, matches tenants to space. He described to Blue Sky some ways startup culture is impacting the local commercial office space scene. Below are…

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5 Secrets To Finding Commercial Property For Startups

“Commercial real estate is an archaic, lumbering, anachronistic beast.” —Danny Boice, startup co-founder Startups don’t get us. They dress like skate punks, don’t shave, keep weird hours and say “awesome” all the time. Who’d want to invest time and effort in finding commercial property for startups? Well, Valentine Ecker Klutznick would. She’s a Vice President at Howard Ecker + Company,…

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Judaism Your Way Relocating To Governor’s Center II

Denver-based Jewish outreach organization, Judaism Your Way (JYW), announced that the organization is relocating to Governor’s Center II, 600 Grant Street (Suite 308) on May 1. The move comes after significant growth both in services and personnel over the last two years. “We’re excited to be moving to new and larger office space that will allow us to expand and…

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Howard Ecker Schools Andrea Miller On The Merits of Keeping Business Lean

Howard Ecker has run Howard Ecker + Company, an international commercial tenant representation and brokerage firm, for 40 years. His firm does a lot with a little. A team of fewer than 30 employees — including his daughters, Valentine and Kinzie — has managed to maintain a client list that includes BDO USA, Ameritech and Sam Zell’s Equity Residential. Andrea…

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Peppercorn Capital LLC Secures Sought After Lake Street Property

Peppercorn Capital LLC, a Chicago-based real estate investment and development company, recently purchased the Trainor Glass Company showroom on the corner of Lake Street and  Sangamon. The firm closed on a lease that includes three separate 5,000-square-foot-buildings located at 939 W. Lake Street for Chicago-based tenant, Minimal. The design company is moving from its current location of 1032 W. Fulton…

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