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!

Jessica Altieri | Wine Channel TV

Jessica Altieri is the founder of Wine Channel TV.  It's a lifestyle network devoted to wines and wine events around the world.  The website has over 1 million unique viewers every month, is dedicated to all things wine, and the lifestyle surrounding it.

The wine industry...there are so many different wine varieties, regions...everything everyday is changing.
— Jessica Altieri

Brian Lanier & Beth Birnbaum | GrubHub

Brian Lanier is the CTO of GrubHub, and Beth Birnbaum is the SVP of Products. GrubHub is the premier restaurant delivery and carry out service in the country.

Food is really intimate....that permeates a lot of decision making.
— Brian Lanier

Andrew Lutsey | Local Foods

Andrew Lutsey is the co-founder of Local Foods. The company partners with the area's finest small-scale family farms to supply the best local products to over 150 chefs and restaurants in Chicago. The company was created with an ail to revive and strengthen the Midwest's local food system and infrastructure.

I spent 3 years on my family’s farm with my brother before starting this business (Local Foods).
— Andrew Lutsey

Trever Heffernan | Chicago Helicopter Experience

Trevor is the Founder and CEO of Chicago Helicopter Experience. They are the only company that has a "heliport" in the city of Chicago. They offer tours around the city and daily commutes from the suburbs into their private "heliport" in Chicago. 

It was an hour drive. The traffic was destroying my my practical mind I thought I’d buy a helicopter and learn how to fly it.
— Trevor Heffernan

Dick Burke | VISANOW

Dick Burke is the CEO of VISANOW. The company is a full-service immigration provider that provides a fully transparent and simple way to handle cases from start to finish. They are now one of the leading immigration service providers in the U.S. integrating the best of people and technology. 

We have 30 lawyers and paralegals we work with and wed that with a patented online system to make the system better and faster.
— Dick Burke

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