Sep
25

Ink Factory Completes Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program

Dusty Folwarczny of Ink Factory speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni reception and press conference

Dusty Folwarczny of Ink Factory speaks at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni reception and press conference

We’ve been busy celebrating at the Ink Factory studio. This August, our very own Dusty Folwarczny graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. This is a big deal; the program handpicks a small group of successful companies and founders to participate in an intensive four-month initiative aimed at creating jobs and economic opportunity.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses cohort 18 and the press at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni reception on April 14, 2017

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses cohort 18 and the press at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses alumni reception on April 14, 2017

While the benefits are enormous for Ink Factory—access to best-in-class resources, education and capital to name a few—our participation is a win for our clients and partners as well.

Today, we’re sharing some of the exciting things you can expect from Ink Factory in the near future thanks to the 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Ink Factory Co-founders Ryan Robinson and Dusty Folwarczny teach a workshop on visual note-taking

Making visuals a universal language

Six years ago, we founded Ink Factory with a singular vision: to make visuals a universal language. Since then we’ve actively brought visual experiences to organizations and events around the world, but we haven’t had the opportunity to teach the art of visual note-taking to others as much as we’d like.

We now have a plan in place to make this education a reality.

In 2018, we’ll solidify partnerships with higher education institutions to bring visual note-taking to students and life-long learners alike. We’ve already started building these relationships. In fact, at the University of Chicago, we’re developing visuals-based workbooks to support the Leadership Capital and Strategies and Processes of Negotiation courses.

Pages from Chicago Booth School of Business' Leadership Publication, illustrated by Ink Factory

We also plan to teach and participate in research studies related to the impact of visuals on learning. Most of us are visual learners, so we hope you’ll join us on this journey.

Supporting Chicago’s small biz community

The Chicago small business community is engaged and thriving. At Ink Factory, we’re thrilled to be a part of it. But participating, in our opinion, isn’t enough. We want to actively support its continued economic growth. The network of talent and resources we’ve gained through the 10,000 Small Businesses program enables us to do this.

One local non-profit that Ink Factory supports is Hackstudio, an organization that helps kids and adults achieve their professional and creative goals.

One local non-profit that Ink Factory supports is Hackstudio, an organization that helps kids and adults achieve their professional and creative goals.

Did you know that if every small business in Chicago added just over one new job, inner-city unemployment could be eliminated? Our hiring rate keeps us on pace to support this, and we plan to continue growing our team this year and next.

When you work with Ink Factory, you can feel good about what we’re doing to nurture Chicago’s small business community. This matters to us, and we hope it matters to you as well.

Dusty, an artist from Ink Factory, draws visual notes at Chicago Ideas Week in 2015

What’s next?

We talk a lot about the visual revolution that is underway and our part in it. Coming out of the 10,000 Small Businesses program, we have the tools and resources to take on a bigger role. Breaking into the education space and growing our commitment to Chicago’s small business community are just the start.

Stay tuned for more. It’s going to be awesome.