Posts Tagged Marc Shulman

Miguel Juarez Middle School Students Help Eli’s Cheesecake Spruce Up Seneca Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground

With the coming of Spring, it is time to help prepare Seneca
Park & the Eli M. Schulman Playground for the season. For the third year in
a row, all of us at Eli’s were delighted to partner with Miguel Juarez Middle
School in Waukegan to help us celebrate Earth Day and to make this very special
public place ready for the thousands of visitors who will use the Playground and
Park during the year.

With the opening of Prentice Woman’s Hospital in the Fall across
the street, the opening of American Girl in Water Tower Place this Fall and the
move in 2012 of Children’s Memorial Hospital to the former site of Eli’s the
Place for Steak, it is clear that the Eli M. Schulman Playground will possibly
be the most visible and used playground in the country. For that reason, it is
so important that we make sure that the Playground is safe and attractive for
use by residents and visitors.






Community Service is very important to the students at Miguel Juarez Middle School. We are appreciative of the 40 volunteers from Juarez and also from St. Martin De Porres High School also in Waukegan.





Eli’s introduction to Juarez was made possible by Mr. Ray Arceo, physical education instructor, at Juarez, and husband of Eli’s Regional Sales Manager, Erin Arceo. Here Ray presents the award winning t-shirt created for the event to Engine Company 98, the Chicago Fire House that borders Seneca Park.








The Juarez students work in teams to get the clean up done. Here Ms. Dolinger, the lead teacher community service models the t-shirt with her students. The visit by the Juarez students would not have been possible without the generous support of Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn who administers the Learn and Serve Grant Program.








Mr. Truby is a science teacher and is the leader in community gardening at the school. We appreciate his support and his education for the students about the importance of conservation and the environment.








This day would not be possible without the dedication of Mr. Arceo. Each year, Mr. Arceo and his fellow teachers recruit outstanding students to spruce up the Park.







We were delighted to welcome Ms. Savino as a first time participant for the cleanup day. Team work and great direction makes the day most successful.








We are grateful for the Chicago Park District for the supplies and wood chips for the day. Also the Park District has been very busy installing fencing and making sure that the standard of year round maintenance is high.







When Seneca Park was redesigned in 1988 by then Park District Maria Smithburg, the goal was to have separate “rooms” that could enjoyed by children and adults. There are many historic trees in the Park that date back over 100 years.














Miguel Juarez students with the assistance of students from St.
Martin De Porres High School in Waukegan hard at work to beautify Seneca Park
and the Eli M. Schulman Playground.








Eli’s Marc Schulman, Donna Carberry, Erin Arceo and Korey Grace thank Mr. Arceo for his leadership of the day.










After the students complete the clean-up, the crew from Engine Company 98 comes over with hoses to wash down the walkway that connects Chicago
Avenue with Pearson.








After completing their work in the Park, the students come out to Eli’s Cheesecake World for lunch and Eli’s Cheesecake decorating.








Ms. Dolinger makes sure that students write Reflections on their day of community service.







Seneca Park and the Eli M. Schulman Playground looks beautiful for the Season. Proof of this came later on Saturday evening when a wedding party from the neighboring Museum of Contemporary Art came across the street to take pictures in the Park.








Eli loved horses! At the dedication of the Eli M. Schulman Playground, Eli’s dear friend George Dunne, President of the Cook County Board and 42nd Ward Committeeman referred to Eli’s love of parks–Arlington, Maywood and Hawthorne. Debra Butterfield’s equine sculpture, “Ben,” now stands guard
over the very green and beautiful Seneca Park.

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Business Works Seminar at Wright College Draws Record Crowd of Entrepreneurs, Students and Business Owners









The Atrium at Wilbur Wright College was the perfect location to host the Business Works Seminar sponsored by the Department of Business Affairs & Licensing of the City of Chicago. The Wright Brothers were the entrepreneurs that revolutionized our economy with their first flight on December 17, 2003. It was in 1934 that Wright College opened and was named in honor of Wilbur Wright. In 2003, Wright hosted the 100th Anniversary of Flight Celebration in Chicago and Eli’s Cheesecake created a very special cake in honor of the occasion.





Entrepreneurship has been growing at Wright College under the leadership of Courtney Spino and Kenneth Brown. Here Courtney and Kenneth celebrate the event with Eli’s President Marc Schulman and Wright President Charles Guengerich.










Kenneth Brown was recognized by Mary Lou Eisenhaur, the Acting
Director of the Department of Business Affairs & Licensing, for his
leadership in the Entrepreneurship Club at Wright and for the success of the
Wright College entry in the SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise)








Over 300 entrepreneurs, students and business owners attended Business Works. A major draw was the key note speech and workshop by author and entrepreneur, Barry Moltz. Above, Barry with the assistance of son, Daniel, wows the crowd in his workshop entitled “Bounce! The Path to True Business Confidence.” Other workshops at the same time included City of Chicago Contracting 101, Website Considerations for the Business Owner sponsored by SCORE and Market Principles 101 sponsored by the Illinois SBDC/Duman Microenterprise Center at JVS Chicago.






Visit Barry Moltz’s web site at so you can subscribe to his newsletter, learn where he will be speaking
next and order one his books.

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Business Week Chicago—Lunch With…Visits the Eli’s Cheesecake Cafe

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Young Professional of Chicago Sponsor “The Entrepreneurial Pathway” on March 25th featuring the story of three Chicago food companies: Bobtail Ice Cream, Kernel Seasons and Eli’s Cheesecake

The Entrepreneurial Pathway

Evening Entrepreneurial Event
Date: Tues, Mar 25th; 6:00pm -
Location: Metropolitan Club; Sears Tower
233 S. Wacker Dr.; 67th fl ( map )
Cost: $20 for
$30 for
Who: Everyone is Welcome
Register: Click
by March 24

YPC’s E3 (Evening Entrepreneurial Event) events give members a chance to not only learn some of the best practices from relevant business leaders, but also the opportunity to interact with these
vibrant individuals and get personal advice on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Join us on March 25 as we welcome three such dynamos to what promises to be a spirited panel discussion. Light appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. The recommended dress is business casual. Click Here to register by March 24 as pay-at-the-door is unavailable. Any questions should be sent to

Panelists include:

Jeff Wilcoxon – Bobtail Ice Cream Company
Founders Jeff Wilcoxon and Chris Hill established Bobtail Ice Cream Company in 2004 after participating in the Edward L. Kaplan New Venture Challenge, an annual business plan competition at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. Since 2004, the Bobtail team has opened five
additional locations throughout Chicago, including the company’s first suburban location in Wilmette, IL. Jeff and Chris were inspired to create Bobtail by Grandpa Wilcoxon who, beginning in 1950, sold ice cream from a tiny factory and door-to-door from a truck to his neighbors in Bexley, Ohio. He believed in ringing doorbells, knowing customers by name and staking his reputation on a
quality product.

Brian Taylor – Kernel Seasons
Kernel Season’s began in Brian’s college dorm room at the University of Michigan. He made popcorn every night and created his own personal spice blends to toss into it. Friends and fellow students loved it. With money he had saved selling knives and teaching tennis, Brian Taylor hired a team of flavor specialists to create the 14 types of all-natural popcorn seasonings his company now offers. The
seasonings are currently in three-quarters of movie theaters and 70 percent of grocery stores nationwide.

Marc Schulman – Eli’s Cheesecake Company
Marc Schulman is the president of Eli’s Cheesecake Company. Marc’s father Eli entered the restaurant business in 1940 on Chicago’s west side and opened Eli’s the Place for Steak on the Northwestern Chicago campus in 1966. Eli Schulman developed the cheesecake recipe as the signature dessert for his
restaurant. It was in 1980 at the first Taste of Chicago that sales were made outside the restaurant. Marc took over the family business in 1984 and has continued his father’s committment to the community. Schulman is a graduate of Northwestern University Law School and the University of Denver.

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Mayor Richard M. Daley joined by Eli’s President Marc Schulman in announcing an expanded partnership between the Department of Business Affairs and Licenseing and the City Colleges of Chicago to promote entrepreneurship

On March 17th, I had the pleasure to join Mayor Richard M. Daley at Westside Tech, a campus of Richard J. Daley College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, when he announced an expanded partnership between the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing and the City Colleges of Chicago.

Following are the remarks I was delivered after being introduced by Mayor Daley:

Thank you Mayor Daley.

Last Summer I received a call from the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing asking me to be the keynote speaker at the Business Works Seminar to be held at North side Prep High School near our bakery.

At the time I was not familiar with this program but I was invited to speak to small business owners/entrepreneurs about how my dad started in the restaurant business in
1940, how his cheesecake made its debut on the menu at Eli’s the Place for Steak
how the cheesecake made its debut outside Eli’s at the first Taste of Chicago in
1980 and then how the business has grown to become one of the country’s largest
specialty cheesecake bakers.

It was a rainy day and traffic was really bad… When I arrived, I found myself in a room with about a 100 people, over 20 government agencies providing resources to businesses and great sessions … offering business marketing, financing and technology workshops. There were three Alderman in attendance—Schulter, O’Connor and Laurino, which showed the strong City support for the program.

After my remarks I walked around and gathered information essential to any business owner. I immediately realized that this was the type of event we needed to be hosting at
the City Colleges…which need to be all about entrepreneurial success.

As an advisor and Chairman of the Business Advisory Board for Wright College, I am always interested in enhancing the opportunities to the students at the City Colleges
and this was a great opportunity for that.

Shortly after, I arranged a meeting with Mary Lou Eisenhauer of DBA. At the time, she informed me that the City wanted to grow this program and had intentions of working with the City Colleges.

It is a perfect fit. Not only will this partnership help City College students build upon their
educational experience; it will also provide the surrounding community an opportunity to access important resources and to build a relationship with a City College right in their community.

One of the benefits of this partnership is that participating colleges will have an opportunity to engage their business programs and honor a student entrepreneur. Doing so will bring attention to the business educational opportunities that exist right in the city college system.

As a business owner, I know new and existing business owners will benefit from this

We look forward to being part of the first Business Works Seminar at Wright College on Wednesday, April 9th.













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Wheel of Fortune Celebrates its 25th Anniversary in Chicago with Eli’s Cheesecake

Chicago Loves Wheel of Fortune!

It was our honor at Eli’s to create a special cheesecake in 2002
when Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the Wheel of Fortune crew came to Navy Pier.
This weekend, Wheel of Fortune returned for a special visit as part of its 25th
Anniversary Season.

Eli’s Executive Pastry Chef Laurel Boger puts the final touches
on the Giant Eli’s Wheel of Fortune Cheesecake that Eli’ created for the Chicago

Eli’s Laurel Boger, Heather DeCristo of Wheel of Fortune and
Eli’s Marc Schulman celebrate the delivery and installation of the special Wheel
of Fortune Anniversary Cake/



In 2002, Vanna White sampled Eli’s Cheesecake at Eli’s the Place
for Steak during the Chicago filming. For the show that will air on May 12th,
Vanna and Pat cut the Anniversary Cheesecake at the end of the show. Here Vanna
celebrates the Anniversary Chesecake that was part of the week’s theme of “Get
In the Game.”

Eli’s Maureen and Marc Schulman thank Pat and Vanna for visiting
Chicago and inviting Eli’s to participate.

To bring Wheel of Fortune to Chicago takes a small army of
twelve semi-trailers and a crew totalling over 200. Not a slice of cheesecake
went to waste as everyone involved with Wheel enjoyed the dessert from

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Chicago Celebrates its 171st Birthday with Eli’s Cheesecake at the Chicago History Museum

It was a great honor for all of us at Eli’s Cheesecake to create
the 171st birthday cake for the City of Chicago.

It was on March 4th, 1837 that Chicago was incorporated as a
City at that time with a population of several thousand. Later that Spring, 700
votes were cast as William Ogden was elected the first Mayor of Chicago
defeating John Kinzie.

We were delighted to join Mayor Richard M. Daley at the Chicago
History Museum for the Birthday Party celebrating Chicagoans with the birthday
of March 4th.










Mayor Daley celebrates the 171st Birthday of the City of Chicago










Marc Schulman of Eli’s Cheesecake joins Mayor Daley and honored guests in singing Happy Birthday to the City of Chicago. Afterwards all the guests enjoyed Eli’s Cheesecake and hot dogs from Vienna Beef.










Eli’s Marc and Maureen Schulman with the City’s Birthday Cake







Gary Johnson, the President of the Chicago History Museum greets Eli’s Marc Schulman and Larry Ryan of the LaSalle Bank.

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Small Business Opportunity Conference at Northwestern University Law School on Saturday, March 1st to feature Marc Schulman on Social Entrepreneurship Panel and honor Howard Tullman as Distinguished Entrepreneur

As a graduate of Northwestern University Law School, I am always delighted to support entrepreneurial activities at the Law School. One of the great programs at NULS is the Small Business Opportunity Center, a program associated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic, which gives law students the opportunity to provide legal counsel to entrepreneurs and small businesses under the supervision of experienced transactional attorneys.

The signature event for the Small Business Opportunity Center is the Annual Small Business Opportunity Conference which will be held on Sunday, March 1st 2008. This event is free with pre-registration to the community and offers great insights from leaders in business, law and entrepreneurship.

I am pleased to be on the 8:30am panel on the topic of “Non-profits and Social Entrepreneurship” with distinguished attorneys Marc Lane and Patricia Carlson. It is great to see the Conference highlight how attorneys can use their legal training to improve the civic and charitable community while either practicing law or being an entrepreneur themselves.

The theme of my panel is carried forward at the luncheon program when Howard Tullman, the CEO of Flashpoint Academy (where I recently visited) and CEO of Exchange City at Experiencia (the location of an Eli’s Cheesecake Bakery that is used as part an intensive classroom program culminating in a visit to Exchange City) will be honored as the Distinguished Entrepreneur Award.

Another milestone for Howard and a great incentive for future Northwestern Law School graduates to think broadly about their career goals and opportunity to make a difference in the broader community.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Northwestern UniversitySchool of Law, Atrium

375 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

The Small Business Opportunity Conference is Northwestern Law School’s annual conference exploring various entrepreneurship and small business issues. The Conference will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2008 and will feature Howard Tullman, JD ‘70 (a highly successful serial entrepreneur and founder, most recently, of Flashpoint Academy), as the keynote speaker, as well as panels and workshops covering several aspects of entrepreneurship. These include, among others, obtaining private equity and venture financing, leveraging intellectual property, and cutting edge real
estate development.

The goal of the Conference is to provide its attendees with cutting-edge insight on entrepreneurship and small business issues, as well as opportunities to network with other participants in this vibrant sector of the economy. The Conference’s participants and attendees will consist of
start-up executives, aspiring entrepreneurs, financiers, service-providers, thought leaders, and students from business and law schools.

The Conference is being hosted by Northwestern Law School’s Small Business Opportunity Center (“SBOC”) and organized by the Center’s student board. The SBOC is a non-profit, student-based clinical program affiliated with the Bluhm Legal Clinic. The SBOC was one of the first
transactional clinics of its kind at any major law school in the country. Founded in 1997, the SBOC has given law students, working under the supervision of attorneys with many years of corporate and transactional experience, the opportunity to provide legal counsel to hundreds of entrepreneurs and small businesses, on topics ranging from entity formation to licensing and franchising. For more information about the SBOC, please see


Non-profits and Social Entrepreneurship—Panel at 8:30am

Social entrepreneurships and non-for-profit organization are becoming an increasing trend in today’s society. The panel discusses entrepreneurs forming ventures to create social change in the community, social responsibility, and non-profit organizations engaging in social causes and money making activities. The panel will feature a prominent social entrepreneur of a cheesecake company, an experienced lawyer and academic in entrepreneurial finance and social responsibility, and an expert lawyer on
non-profit organizations.

Marc J. Lane, Marc J. Lane Wealth GroupSM

Marc Schulman, President, Eli’s Cheesecake Company

Patricia Carlson, Partner, Burke,Warren, McKay, and Serritella, P.C.



Howard A. Tullman
President and CEO of Flashpoint Academy (

Chariman and CEO of Experiencia, Inc. (,President Emeritus of Kendall College.



Northwestern University Law School is pleased to present its annual
Distinguished Entrepreneur Award to Howard A. Tullman, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Flashpoint Academy (,
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Experiencia, Inc. (, and President Emeritus of Kendall College, in Chicago. Mr. Tullman is General Managing Partner for the Chicago High Tech Investors, LLC and a Director of The Cobalt Group ( and Passage Events ( in Seattle. He is also a Trustee of WTTW in Chicago and an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Evanston, Illinois.

Mr. Tullman has over 30 years of management and turn-around experience and an extensive operations background in online services, large-scale information assembly and delivery systems, database design and the development, creation and production of all types and formats of multimedia content including CD-ROMs and DVDs. He has designed and developed interactive interfaces, computer games and other electronic entertainment, training products and services, and other information-based products and

After 10 years as a lawyer at Levy and Erens in Chicago, in 1980 Mr. Tullman founded CCC Information Services, Inc., a provider of information systems to the country’s largest property and casualty insurers. CCC successfully raised venture capital and subsequently completed an IPO in 1983 and several subsequent public offerings. Since taking CCC Information Services private in 1987, Mr. Tullman has founded or served as CEO or Board Chairman of eight entrepreneurial companies. In 1990, he also founded
Eager Enterprises, a venture capital firm focused on the information industry.
He is also active in the arts and has served on the President’s Committee on the
Arts and the Humanities (1993 – 2001).

Mr. Tullman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, from Northwestern University. He also holds a J.D., with Honors, from Northwestern University School of Law.

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Sunshine Activity Center–an important part of our Community and a recipient of cheesecake donated by Eli’s Margaret Conway

The area around Eli’s Cheesecake & Wright College has a long history of social service. This tradition continues with outstanding organizations like the Sunshine Activity Center, which provides a number of activities for adults with developmental disabilities. The Sunshine Center is several blocks east of Eli’s on Montrose and is just across the street from the Smyser School.

It was my honor to accompany my associate, Margaret Conway, to deliver Eli’s Cheesecake to the Center to be the featured dessert at the Center Holiday Party.

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Guest Speaker at Caroline Shoenberger’s Business Law Class at Harold Washington College

Each year I look forward to visiting Caroline Shoenberger’s Business Law Class at Harold Washington. Previously the Commissioner of Consumer Services for the City of Chicago, Caroline brings an exceptional legal, business and governmental experience to the classroom

The quality of the faculty at Harold Washington, Wright and the other City Colleges of Chicago is a well kept secret. Professor Shoenberger is a great example of the quality of instruction and the small size of the class.

It was great to speak to such an engaged group of students. Afterwards I learned of their day jobs which ranged from the commodity exchanges to banking to retail. These students are working on a full day and then spending their evenings in the nuturing environment of Harold Washington College.

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