Speakers Michael Edgar
Michael Edgar, President and Co-founder, GWDC Program, Director, SelectChicago, President and Founder, Design Studio C
Michael Edgar
President and Co-founder, GWDC Program, Director, SelectChicago, President and Founder, Design Studio C

A licensed architect, Michael is the president and founder of architecture firm Design Studio C, Ltd. (www.designstudio-c.com), a business-focused, design-build firm that focuses on supporting entrepreneurial clients.  Design Studio C has worked with entrepreneurs expanding their businesses, landlords improving their buildings for tenants, restauranteurs moving to new locations, developers bringing new projects to an area—and more. In his time with Design Studio C, Michael has overseen the development of over 1,200 projects throughout the greater Chicago area.

In 2012, Michael co-founded GWDC, a 501c3 nonprofit economic development corporation with a mission of fostering economic development in economically-challenged communities. GWDC provides business counseling to small businesses and economic development support to small and mid-size governments in the Greater Chicago area. Michael directly oversees GWDC’s SelectChicago program, which assists local governments in accessing development dollars from foreign investors by helping them develop relationships with their foreign trade offices, connect with foreign investors, and learn to utilize programs such as the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.