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Inside the Chamber

Episode #5 | L!VISIBLE

Ever wonder what happens when activism, passion and entrepreneurship intertwine? Join Darien as he talks to Reesheda Graham Washington, owner of L!VE Cafe and find out. They will unpack being Black in Business, the L!VISIBLE Business Coalition and living in a real-life revolution.
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Episode #12 | Tradition, Warriors & Common Ground

Ever wonder what a forty-something, white, established business owner, with two kids has in common with a young, black, gay, chronically single, entrepreneur? Well, there's a lot of common ground discovered in this conversation with Oak Park Village Trustee Dan Moroney. Growing up in Oak Park and the shared legacy of being OPRF alums, these two Oak Parkers discuss social justice warriors, bad branding in the face of authentic politics, backing up passion with facts, and why we should vote for the Rock for president.
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Inside The Chamber Episode #8 - Tall Buildings, Burgers & Throw Pillows

It's no secret that there are a few new highrises that have gone up in the past few years in Oak Park, but who is living in them and where are they coming from? Join us as we get to know Casey Gustafson, leasing agent for the new Eleven33 property on Oak Park's South Blvd. Casey will give us the inside scoop on what it's like to be a newcomer to Oak Park, about the hunger for high rise living and how our fabulous business organization gave Casey a community to call his own.
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Episode #7 | Speaking Up with Erika Bachner

Our Village trustees have a lot to manage these days and River Forest Trustee Erika Bachner is no different. She has been a champion of minority rights for years and we were thrilled to have her join us in the studio to talk about advocating for undocumented members of our community, LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace and diversity in River Forest in the age of the BLM movement.
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Personal Brand
Christian Harris

How to look better on a Zoom Call

How are you? We’ve been starting off a lot of our communications with that recently.  Between quarantine, the kids being home, maintaining a social life, and your 10th video call this week we know you’re going through a lot!  Not to worry!  The team at D.M. Burton is here to take something off your plate

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entrepreneurs
darienmarionburton

Where We Started and Where We’re Going

As I sit back and begin to reflect on the past year, I can’t help but smile. It’s not because we’ve got a kick-ass group of people making D.M. Burton happen, it’s not our awesome clients; I smile for our past and our future. As a forward thinker, I’ve always had a bold idea for

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Marketing
darienmarionburton

Making Space for Pride: An Interview with Anna Deshawn

We had the honor of interviewing Anna Deshawn. She is the amazing creator behind the online radio show E3. The show self identifies as an “authentically-edgy radio streams from a queer point of view”.  Anna started E3 because she saw the need for a platform for people who’s voices weren’t being heard, to tell their

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Business
darienmarionburton

5 ways to Establish Credibility as a New Brand

It’s hard being the new kid on the block The ink has finally dried on your business license, you’ve polished the fixtures in your store a million times, and you are ready to open your doors.  After all the tears, sweat, perseverance, and support from your loved ones, the floodgates have burst open and you

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Personal Brand
darienmarionburton

You do you, boo boo.

How being my true self led to my corporate demise and self-actualization It’s not often that I get the opportunity to capture my personal feelings and business matters within the same story. But with it being Pride month, I figured I would take some time to reflect on the past year. For me, Pride month

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News

Lunch with Darien Marion-Burton

“the relationships I have built there are valuable beyond money.”

OPRF Chamber honors Member of the Year at annual meeting

“I was in this room and thought, ‘maybe next year, it will be me ‘”

Pedal Pub is wheeling toward Quad-Cities...

“It’s a new idea. We want to make sure we’re doing this in a safe manner” 

Village hall takes to social media

The village of Forest Park is planning to offer its own Facebook page to share announcements and pertinent information with residents.

Support from Within: How Black-Owned Businesses Are Showing Support for Their Community

Although the free consulting is a major way that DM Burton gives back to the community, it’s not the only way