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Overseeing all operations of the organization, David Weinstein is president of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. His role includes developing and implementing creative programs to serve entrepreneurs in the Chicagoland area as well as identifying new partners and corporate sponsors to grow the base of entrepreneurs in Chicagoland.

He is also responsible for the organization’s marketing to entrepreneurs, government officials and corporate leaders. In 2004, CEC advisory clients secured contracts in excess of $30 million and 26 entrepreneurs secured financing valued at $7.5 million.

Weinstein was previously president of David Weinstein & Associates (DW&A), a Chicago-based consulting and advisory firm that assisted businesses in extending their technology services and products to the public sector. From 2000 to 2001, he was president and CEO of BlueMeteor and was responsible for the company’s growth to $5 million in annual revenues with 110 employees. He led the technology firm in raising $30 million in venture capital.

From 1998 to 2000, Weinstein was the senior technology advisor to the mayor of the City of Chicago. He earned his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Kapil Chaudhary is a director with the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. He is responsible for identifying and evaluating high-potential emerging companies in the Chicagoland area, helping them with business development and raising venture and debt financing.

Chaudhary most recently served as venture development manager at The Illinois Coalition where he managed client relationships in the software and communication sectors and organizational relationships with capital providers.

He previously was as a consultant with a venture incubator on the west coast where he worked with entrepreneurs in the formulation and growth of new technology ventures. He also has prior work experience as an analyst in Credit Suisse First Boston’s investment banking group. Chaudhary is a graduate from the University of Chicago.

In part two of a two-part Q&A, ePrairie international expert Michael Muth sat down with Weinstein and Chaudhary to discuss the CEC's international experience as well as local programs to assist companies in going international.

In part one of a two-part Q&A, ePrairie international expert Michael Muth sat down with Weinstein and Chaudhary to discuss what the CEC has done and will be doing to help local entrepreneurs internationally.

listen to the interview here

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