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Article updated: 6/10/2013 5:45 AM

Libertyville entrepreneur brings TV and music experience to the table

Courtesy of Dolphin Rose Chicago Dylan Jordan & Lacey Whittington on location for Dylan's music video, "I Love You Sha La La" Jordan's song that ended up being gifted to this past year's Oscar Nominee.

Courtesy of Dolphin Rose Chicago Dylan Jordan & Lacey Whittington on location for Dylan's music video, "I Love You Sha La La" Jordan's song that ended up being gifted to this past year's Oscar Nominee.

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An interview with Dylan Jordan, owner of Dolphin Rose Chicago with locations in Libertyville and Glenview.

Q: Describe your business. What do you do?


Dolphin Rose Chicago

Address: 826 Crestfield Ave. Libertyville, IL 60048 and 1806 Chestnut Ave. Glenview, IL 60025
Owner: Dylan Jordan
When business started: Sept. 15, 1989
Web address:

A: Dolphin Rose grows small, medium and the occasional large businesses through our extensive media relationships and creative capabilities. Our specialty is taking a new or established company in need of greater name recognition or sales and taking them to a completely new level. The Dolphin Rose team provides hands-on, comprehensive service in both the creative and public relations industries. Dolphin Rose clients discover that our services are "transformative" as one client recently suggested, providing the notoriety and call to action they desire.

Q: What made you start your business?

A: The television station I was with was sold, so I decided to strike out on my own. One of the reasons my clients like our services so much is this: They know I can also relate to their business challenges and goals, being that Dolphin Rose is also a small business!

Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running a small business?

A: All companies go through an ebb and flow, the secret is to wait out the ebbs, because usually the upside is right around the corner.

Q: What areas do you service?

A: We can service any area or region in Chicago, the North Shore or anywhere else for that matter. All I need is a computer and a telephone/mobile and we're good to go!

Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: I had two dreams on my career wish list. I wanted to be a professional football player & I wanted to sing professionally. While my dream of playing for the Bear's didn't come to fruition, I've had an exciting music career around my media business.

Q: What keeps you up at night?

A: My puppy, Treasure.

Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be?

A: Never give up on your dreams: Always know that even though inevitably there will be challenges, when one door closes, usually another door opens that's bigger and better. Never, ever give up! If you keep the faith and do great work, your clients will maintain their loyalty. The vast majority of Dolphin Rose's clients have been with us from 10 to 23 years!

-- Kim Mikus

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