Lesley Tweedie

Lesley Tweedie

Founder

Introduction

I'm the Co-Owner of Roscoe Village Bikes and a board member at Local First Chicago. I'm interested in technologies that enable small businesses to grow and thrive. I operated Little Independent for three years which was a Chicago-based aggregate marketplace for independent retailers. I decided to close the business in 2014. I'm a native of Evanston and a graduate of the University of Oregon. Prior to opening the bike shop in 2007, I was the Manager of Children's Programs at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. I like biking, yoga and spending time with family, friends and my rescue dog, Buddy. I'm currently studying accounting and finance at the University of Chicago Graham School.

I'm up for

I'll be a sounding board for your startup idea especially if it's a service meant for small businesses or brick and mortar retailers. I'm also interested in part-time opportunities in project planning or implementation, budgeting or bookkeeping.

Interests

Interests: 
Sales/Biz Dev
Social entrepren.
Women in tech
Industries: 
Financial
Social

Availability

Type: Part-time
Focus:
Business Development

Activity

Lesley Tweedie has a new connection.
Lesley Tweedie has a new connection.
“ Thanks so much Joan! You've made my day. :) ”
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Rose Tibayan

Thanks, Lesley.

my activity

Lesley Tweedie has a new connection.
Lesley Tweedie has a new connection.
“ Thanks so much Joan! You've made my day. :) ”
“ Of course things change. No one is buying buggy whips either. I know a lot of indie grocers, hardware store owners, boutiques, books stores, coffee shops, eateries and others that are still around and still HAVE happy customers. Will all survive?... ”
“ I see your point Alex. It's always good to hear people out and it's never good to be mean. It's important to try new things especially when you like the presentation. The landscape is always changing but if any retailer has a business that they de... ”
Lesley posted a blog: I Am Not Your Customer (rant)
“ I own a brick and mortar business in Chicago and I am also the founder of Little Independent, which is a web-based company that sells t-shirts and mugs with small business logos.   We’ve been around since 2011 but we’ve only recently re-lau... ”
“ [ibimage==29420==Medium==none==self==ibimage_align-center]Introducing the brand new Little Independent! We've got a totally new website and a new concept and we're jumping up and down.  The only problem is we would like to add more designs and t... ”
Lesley Tweedie has a new connection.
“ We're in the process of rebuilding Little Independent and one of the things we’d like to offer in the new version is a database of designs that shoppers can order on t-shirts, hoodies, mugs etc.  We don’t intend to hold inventory – rather we’ll... ”

recent blog posts

Lesley Tweedie
I own a brick and mortar business in Chicago and I am also the founder of Little Independent, which is a web-based company that sells t-shirts and mugs with small business logos.   
11/12/2013
VIEWS: 1,036
Lesley Tweedie
Introducing the brand new Little Independent! We've got a totally new website and a new concept and we're jumping up and down.  The only problem is we would like to add more designs and that means asking people for something and as you may know, asking people for stuff is the worst.  As...
10/15/2013
VIEWS: 233
Lesley Tweedie
We're in the process of rebuilding Little Independent and one of the things we’d like to offer in the new version is a database of designs that shoppers can order on t-shirts, hoodies, mugs etc.  We don’t intend to hold inventory – rather we’ll use a third party service to print things as...
08/05/2013
VIEWS: 893
Lesley Tweedie
Happy National Small Business Week! We are thrilled to be a part of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Big Dreams Start Small Campaign. To support this important work, we’re donating $5 for every new store on Little Independent.  Add a store today for free.
06/17/2013
VIEWS: 228
Lesley Tweedie
Little Independent’s two-year anniversary is coming up on June 1.  Anniversaries are a perfect time for reflection- where we’ve been and where we’re going.  The goal of the site is to be an advocate for independent retailers while helping savvy shoppers to find great independent stores...
05/23/2013
VIEWS: 397

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