5 Steps to Developing Your Personal Brand

In the digital world that we live in today, the term “brand” has become ubiquitous. Everywhere we look, businesses are focusing on crafting unique profiles that set them apart from their competitors and are constantly seeking to promote their products or services through various channels. After all, a strong brand is one of the most critical components for prolonged success. For individuals too, personal branding is crucial for your professional goals. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, [Read more…]

Things to do in Chicago: New Year’s Eve Edition

Now that Christmas has passed and presents have been opened (or maybe returned), it’s time to get crackin’ on those New Year’s Eve plans. Finally, a tumultuous 2016 has come to an end–we’ve been ready to usher in 2017 for what seems like forever. Luckily, with Chicago being Chicago, there’s no shortage of alcohol, parties, fireworks, and good times all around to celebrate the new year. Here’s a few events that are guaranteed to kick [Read more…]

5 Ways to Negotiate Yourself Into A Better Salary

Throughout history, David has been celebrated as the courageous shepherd boy that defeated the much more powerful and massive giant Goliath. On the surface, David appeared to be the underdog. Yet contrary to popular belief, this story has a much deeper lesson. In Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants’, Gladwell reveals that “Giants are not what we think they are. The same qualities that appear to give [Read more…]

Networking for Those Who Don’t Like to Network

Networking seems to be one of those unpleasant facts of life, and it has become increasingly necessary for millennials who are trying to get ahead or stand out from their peers. Networking can be terrifying for those who are uncomfortable with the idea of selling themselves. It’s an inorganic situation that can feel awkward. But when used correctly, networking can be one of the most powerful tools for advancing your personal and professional goals, whether [Read more…]

October in Chicago: 5 Things to do

October in Chicago is our favorite time of the year. The weather is that perfect balance between cool autumn breezes and sunny skies. And along with pumpkins, vibrant foliage, and rich palates, comes many new activities that the city has to offer. Check out these fun spots with family and friends before the snow comes along! Honey Hill Orchard Where: 11747 Waterman Rd, Waterman, IL 60556 Located an hour’s drive from downtown Chicago, Honey Hill [Read more…]

3 Ways to Combat the Fear of Missing Out

Contributed by Guest Blogger, Michel Valbrun The Story It was all good just a week ago. I headed to gym with plans of hitting the weights—hawrd! I marched into Planet Fitness and headed straight for the 70-pound dumbbells. I threw on my headphones and started blasting Quentin Miller’s Drake’s “Energy”. As soon as I lay on the flat bench, my Samsung Galaxy 4 fell out of my pocket and onto the floor. In my arrogance, [Read more…]

Insider with Shark Tank Queen and Celeb Influencer: Kaeya Majmundar

Last Wednesday night, Five to Nine held its second “Appy Hour” installment at Grind, the latest coworking space in the Loop! We were excited to be featuring Kaeya Majmundar, the CEO of Kaeyos, Inc. in our fireside chat. Kaeya is a recent graduate of Emory University and was featured on Shark Tank for her BZbox collapsible storage boxes. For her idea, she received an investment offer from Lori Greiner. Since then, Kaeya has gone on to [Read more…]

5 Tips for Amazing Trips for Cheap

1. Go in the off season Once, I happened to be in Avon, a town near Vail Ski Resort that relies heavily on ski tourism, in the middle of July. The place was empty and deserted, and while there was no skiing to be done, the mountains were still beautiful for hiking and relaxation. The best part, however, was that all the amenities were still just as good as they were during the ski season [Read more…]

5 Summer Festivals to Check Out in Chicago

The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the feel of summer has finally arrived in Chicago. Summer is when Chicago comes alive with festivities and events that cater to all sorts of tastes. There’s plenty to do both after-hours and during the weekends with friends, family–or even by yourself. In case you didn’t know, here are some great events to check out this summer! 1.Chicago SummerDance When: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays until 9/11. [Read more…]