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!

Andy Nielsen |

Andy Nielsen is the CEO of Everything But The House, an online estate and consignment company sales company.  Andy became CEO in 2012 and has grown the company from 20 employees to 240 in less than 3 years.  Needless to say, the revenue has also exploded in that time.

We’ve got five hundred thousand people visiting the website a month and we’re doing 80 auctions a month.
— Andy Nielsen

Monica M. Luburich |

Monica Luburich is the founder of Pergamino which was launched in 2010.  The company sells branded, high-end greeting cards and stationary designed around female illustrated characters.

I created this character and tested the market to see if I could monetize it with a line of greeting cards.
— Monica M. Luburich

Brent Payne |

Brent Payne is the founder and CEO of Loud Interactive. They are one of the leading SEO and content marketing company's in the country.  The company has grown ten-fold over the last few years.  

(On breaking a story): Three to four hours is all you have for a breaking news story in the media.
— Brent Payne

Coco Meers |

Coco Meers is the Founder and CEO of PrettyQuick.  With PrettyQuick you can make beauty appointments anytime from anywhere, and at the last minute.  The company is currently in six major cities, and connected with over a thousand vetted hair and nail salons.

We are for salon and spa appointments what open table is to restaurant reservations.
— Coco Meers

Sam Kirk |

Sam Kirk is an multi-disciplinary artist who produces custom fabrications for high-profile brands, and fine artwork for individuals and companies around the world.

I do everything from fine art and custom fabrications. I also design homes and commercial spaces.
— Sam Kirk

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