Creators of the Rev3 Innovation Center are confident the suburbs are filled with innovative people, too.
While the Chicago area has 65 innovation hubs, the suburbs can only claim two. With 3 million people, that’s not good enough for Nicholas Zito, business service director at Choose DuPage.
Choose DuPage is the backbone of Rev3, an offshoot with a very hands-on approach. It also promotes DuPage County’s economic development.
The Rev3 Innovation Center wants to offer entrepreneurs and businesses a wide scale venue to “design, build and launch.”
The facility won’t open till fall, but organizers have been working on the concept since October, holding events and workshops in and around Naperville.
Zito says the concept of bringing together like-minded people and giving them an opportunity, and location, to develop ideas is one the Chicago area needs.
“We are something of a business incubator,” Zito says. “It’s like entrepreneurial fostering … giving someone the venue to make something of that idea scribbled on a napkin over dinner.”
Connecting people with each other, giving them a venue and a space to further develop those ideas, is what Rev3 Innovation Center wants to do.
While finding a space to land hasn’t been easy — Zito says they are still finalizing the location — he’s confident about 15,000 to 20,000 square fee of space will soon be dedicated to the concept. Rev3 Innovation Center will house a physical manufacturing space with 3D printing, prototyping labs, open co-working space, offices and meeting rooms.
Events and meet-ups have been well received. Last week Rev3 Innovation Center hosted Neil Kane, a repeat entrepreneur and founder and president of Illinois Partners. He talked about technology start ups, securing early stage financing and grants.
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Although John Hershey is not really new in town, his recently opened studio at the historic Fifth Avenue Station is.
“I’ve been doing this since the ’80s and ’90s,” says Hershey, formerly a director of marketing and sales at a Chicago-based company. “When I left the business world, I had to figure out how to make some money.”
And hence a hobby turned into a vocation.
Hershey’s signature photography takes a classic family or individual portrait and turns the raw image into a piece of art worthy of any mantle display. Since he first conceptualized the idea, he has been using the same photography lab to enhance the original portrait image according to his explicit direction.
Artistic touches are added to the original image via various mediums to achieve a final print that resembles an oil painting.
In the late ’90s, Hershey moved to New Mexico but returned to Naperville to be close to family.
“One day I was talking to a friend about my photography,” he chuckles. “Basically I talked myself back into it.”
Portraits are made by appointment at the studio or on location. Hershey also consults customers on what to wear for their portrait, but usually stays within the traditional choices of background, set-up and clothing for best results.
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Rev3 Innovation Center
Where: To be announced
Hours: See calendar
John Hershey Photography
Where: 200 E. Fifth Ave., Suite 117 B, Naperville
Hours: By appointment only