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11-30-2016

  1. Describe your business. What impact has it had on you, your customers, and/or your community?
  2. How would you leverage LinkedIn and LinkedIn ProFinder to maximize the impact of your business?

Hangout Lighting is a custom lighting manufacturer and retailer. We have created unique, affordable, custom pendant lighting and chandeliers for thousands of homes and businesses.

A childhood filled with arts and crafts was the beginning of my love for creating. I wired my first lamp in high-school physics class and then made a DIY lampshade from Pinterest some years later. I was inspired by discovering Etsy back in 2009 and decided to post some of the items I had made. The excitement of making my first sale was addicting, so I continued to create and add new items to my shop as I accepted custom order requests.

My Etsy shop remained a hobby for a few years before deciding to pursue it full time. The business was quick to take over my entire house, and outgrow a small storefront, before finally settling in a much larger industrial space located in the “Design District” on Grand Ave, in Chicago. With the new 4,500 Sq./ft workshop and showroom, our product scope and capabilities continue to expand quickly. Our team has grown over the past two years, from a couple of friends helping out, to a diverse and enthusiastic family of twelve.

With quickly changing needs, LinkedIn’s Profinder is a great tool for finding extra help quickly and keeping projects moving on time. As a small business owner you have to wear many hats, but you don’t always have exactly what you need, so this is where finding the right people comes in. As a new board member of the West Town Chamber of Commerce, LinkedIn has been a great way to stay in touch with connections from local networking events. LinkedIn has also been very beneficial in connecting us with targeted customers, such as interior designers and architects.

Whether we are helping local customers at our showroom or shipping worldwide (45 countries and counting!), customer satisfaction is our highest priority. With our huge selection of wire colors and hardware finishes, we encourage you to #BEUNIQUE, and design a fixture perfect for you and your space. In less than one week, your custom fixture will be ready to bring the light, so stop on by or give us a call today!