Bootstrapping In America is tastytrade's spotlight on the best and brightest of the entrepreneurial community in Chicago and beyond. Meet the innovative men and women leading the companies featured in this week's episodes!

Daniel Thomas | TimeZoneOne

Daniel Thomas is the CEO of TimeZoneOne, an international advertising firm and design agency.  He relocated from New Zealand to Chicago in 2007 and soon after took over the reigns of TimeZoneOne.  The company has seen dramatic growth in the tourism space in recent years.

We look at your company through all lenses. Making sure that we get results is what’s really important.
— Daniel Thomas

Terese McDonald | Candyality

Terese McDonald is the founder of Candyality.  The company has four store in the Chicago land area.  Besides being a confectioner, the company's focus is to uncover your personality connections to your sweet-tooth.  Even big data is now being used in the candy space.

I’m really into candy, not so much of eating it, but the history of candy, the taste of it, and how people relate to candy as well.
— Terese McDonald

Marc Grabowski | Iris Mobile

Marc Grabowski is the newly ap[pointed CEO of Iris Mobile.The company helps retailers identify their best clients through Iris' proprietary software.  must be working, they've raised over $5.8M.

It’s important to understand the trends of customers.
— Marc Grabowski

Michael LaPidus | Q Restaurant Group

Michael LaPidus is the owner of four restaurants in the Chicagoland area.  His Q BBQ is one of the most highly acclaimed smokehouses in the city.  Their inspiration is from the backwoods of Carolina, Memphis and Texas.

I like to try everything when I go to a restaurant. I always order more than one thing when I go out to eat.
— Michael LaPidus

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