Illinois Online Ventures is a social media consultancy based in Naperville Illinois. We specialize in providing strategic development and support services related to evaluating and integrating social media for clients.

Illinois Online Ventures was founded by Steve Raquel, who has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and branding Fortune 100 companies.  In 2007, he co-founded, an online sports social network for professional athletes to build their online brands using social media to generate revenue.  Steve not only architected the site, but worked with each of the athletes in understanding and leveraging social media.

Steve has been an active participant and contributor in the social media arena, having been featured on CNN and as a regular contributor on, writing on the impact of social media in sports.  He has also been a guest lecturer on social media at Northwestern University, Notre Dame and the University of Illinois.

Prior to his role as a social media consultant, Steve gained extensive experience in marketing and promotions for multiple Fortune 500 companies including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Delta AirLines and Bank of America.  He holds the ultimate “tri-fecta” in marketing, after working in agencies, client-side, and for the property.  He holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and resides with his wife, three children and two dogs outside of Chicago.

Since 2014, Steve has been an award winning adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in the topics of advertising, brand, and digital strategy.

In 2019, he was recognized by WGN Radio as their day’s MVP of the Planet for a viral story of his efforts to help a single mom in his class learn by holding her baby while teaching.  Listen to his interview HERE.

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To see a really cool ping pong match on YouTube, click HERE.