Small Business Owners Roundtable

Pamela Bartlett

Pinot's Palette

Pamela Bartlett is the Owner/Director of Fun at Pinot's Palette in Naperville. She serves as the owner, marketer, and operator of the paint-and-sip franchise, utilizing her networking, business management, people, and leadership skills. Bartlett's franchise has received a number of awards, including Naperville Magazine's Best of Naperville, Glancer Magazine's Reader's Choice Award for Customer Service, and several Pinot's Palette's Golden Brush Awards for top sales. Pinot's Palette prides itself on giving back to the community by hosting and donating to fundraisers. Prior to owning Pinot's Palette, Bartlett spent more than 25 years working in a business environment with experience in marketing, sales, database management, and social event management.

Jim Bell

Innovation DuPage

Steven Eschbach

Transworld Business Advisors of Naperville

Steven P. Eschbach, CFA, is the President of Eschbach Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Transworld Business Advisors of Naperville (, a business he started in August 2016.  Outside of this business ownership, Steve is a Senior Commercial Broker with Caton Commercial Real Estate Group (, a family-owned Naperville brokerage and property management business established in 1987, since August 2021.

Mr. Eschbach has over 40 years of mergers and acquisitions experience in various financial executive roles with Fortune 1000 companies.

He has been involved in dozens of transactions ranging in size from less than $100,000 to over $20 billion, and his expertise spans many industries, including but not limited to energy, healthcare, technology, retail, entertainment, manufacturing, and construction, as well as franchise sales and franchise development.

Steve has been involved in a number of national industry and nonprofit organizations and is currently Board President of the Career & Networking Center based in Naperville. He is also an active member of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce since 2016, currently on the Ambassadors Committee (recipient of the 2023 Ambassador of the Year for outstanding efforts) and Small Business Owners Roundtable.

A frequently requested speaker on subjects such as executive job transition, business development networking, optimizing corporate value and effective communications with investors, Steve is also written and published two books, one of them an Amazon Best Seller - Building Better Businesses: Leveraging Lessons Learned.

Steve and his wife, Kathy, have lived in Naperville since 2007, and have three adult children as well as seven grandchildren.

A Chartered Financial Analyst since 1989, Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Connecticut and an MBA in Investment Finance from the University of Hartford. He is a registered business broker and licensed real estate professional in Illinois, a licensed life and health insurance producer in Illinois, a Certified Business Intermediary through the International Business Brokers Association and a Certified Franchise Consultant with the International Franchise Professionals Group.

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Laura Geer

Elite Superior Foods, Inc.

Lindsay Harmon

Nichols Library
Committee Co-Chair
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Paul Ihnatiuk


Susan M Hohlman


Michele Marko

SCORE Fox Valley
Committee Chair

Alexis Rago

Marketing Mana LLC

Alexis Skigen Rago, the Big Kahuna at Marketing Mana LLC, coaches established small business owners to feel empowered with their marketing strategy and create powerful connections with their ideal clients. Immersive-style collaborative sessions address marketing goals, business core values, mission statements, vision, branding, customer segmentation, messaging, SMART goals, strategic marketing plans, action plans, and more. Unforgettable Introductions: Attract Your Dream Clients and Network Fearlessly is an online course for small business owners who want to network with confidence and clarity to build relationships that are meaningful to your business. The Work On Your Business Retreat provides an intense getaway to create marketing strategies in 3 days with a small group of business owners.

Alexis brings 25+ years of marketing expertise, working with companies of all sizes in various industries (33 and counting), including technology, eCommerce, retail, legal, financial solutions, insurance, real estate, health & wellness, coaching, and more. Alexis earned her MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan (Go Blue!).

Alexis enjoys showing up for herself so she can provide value to others, giving her dog belly rubs, traveling, exercising, cooking healthy foods, eating chocolate that’s worth it, and being a boy mom, daughter, friend, and volunteer. She wants to move back to her childhood home, Hawaii, so she can enjoy the outdoors all year without a winter coat.

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Tami Reid

Half Baked Goodness

John Robbins

Awards & Fine Gifts, Inc.

Naperville resident since 1977.  Thirty-year member of the Chamber.

Active in the community. Served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House & the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago.  Member of the Naperville Noon Rotary Club. Celebrating 34 years in business.

Gerry Robles

Art of PT Sports Physical Therapy LLC
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Adam Russo

Reliable Coaching and Strategy

Adam is a Clinical Social Worker by training, and founded an outpatient, behavioral health practice in 2004. He was able to scale and grow his business to over eight figure revenue and 140+ employees over the next 15 years, and sold his practice in 2020. He then became a Regional VP of Operations in the group that purchased his company, overseeing a dozen integrations of acquired businesses in his region. 

After 2 1/2 years in the role, Adam missed working with small business owners and other executive leaders, and founded Reliable Coaching and Strategy. Business and Executive Coaching blends his clinical training with his entrepreneurial experience, and now he works to push his clients to think differently in order to maximize their strengths and achieve the success they desire.

Mike Wilczynski

SCORE Fox Valley
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Mike Wiles

My2tor LLC
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