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About us

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Since 2001, Cascade is a recognized boutique story agency telling the stories of startups to small enterprises in the U.S. and around the world. Our 360 story-first PR model and thoughtful strategies are innovating the industry, delivering the metrics that matter most.

Today, we are an acclaimed virtual story agency with the know-how to attract customers, media, partners and more. And, we not only understand but we are experts in the secret sauce to succeeding in a digital world.


We know how and where to tell your story where it matters most.

Cascade takes into account all of your needs and builds a customized approach to making all of our clients successful. Whether you have an established business launching or breathing life into a new product, or you're preparing to launch or grow a startup, our team becomes part of yours as a long-term marketing partner and trusted advisor.


We pride ourselves on being ethical journalists and PR/marketing professionals with a commitment to our clients. Just ask our clients!

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As a virtual agency, we staff our accounts with veteran communications and marketing pros who really know their stuff. 

Today's technology allows Cascade to offer our larger project clients a veteran team, not interns, on their account. Our awesome team affordably works to grow your business by generating positive media attention, brand strategy, responsive videos and graphics, and engaging digital marketing. 

And we've built street cred honing our skills with large consumer and tech brands at big global PR and design agencies.

Our team members are handpicked for their expertise and common ethical approach to offering only the best services - media relations, graphic design, video , digital ads, and big scope brand projects with one of the top brand firms in the country.


No other agency offers what Cascade Communications does for clients. We've got a deep bench, are truly unique and leading the way in our industry.

Jennfer Fortney, public relations agency, Chicago, digital marketing firm
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Our Founder

Innovating PR in a digital world for startups, small businesses and small enterprises.


With more than 20 years’ experience in journalism, public relations and marketing communications, Cascade Communications Founder Jennifer Fortney has successfully created, implemented and managed PR and integrated marketing programs for some of America's top Fortune 1000 companies, and a variety of small businesses and startups across the country and around the world.


Jennifer is one of few individuals to receive a personal bonus from a Fortune 500 client for her successful work in single-handedly managing a nearly $1 million national campaign.


She started her career writing broadcast news, transitioned into sports marketing and then took on the position of Director of Promotions and Marketing for a radio station, where she was a jack of all marketing trades. Moving to Chicago, she began working at one of the world’s largest corporate consumer PR firms and later a boutique agency, opening Cascade Communications in 2001, all with a focus on consumer lifestyle products and services.


Known for her nose for news, she has achieved thousands of media placements for clients helped several startups prepare for launch by consulting on operations, production, staffing, growth management and fundraising. 


Jennifer has a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism, Business Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas, with a minor in Music - Vocal Performance. She has sat on several boards and conducted pro bono work for a variety of nonprofits. 


She is a speaker, guest lecturer and was the PR Instructor at SCORE Chicago for 5 years. Jennifer has been interviewed in a variety of media and podcasts, was a regular contributor to “Inc. Well” blog, the Chicago Tribune and is an expert and contributor to several small business and startup media outlets.


jfortney (@) cascadecomms (dot) com

Your Team

Jamie Born, Award-Winning Public Relations Leader
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Jamie Born is a Chicago-based communications strategist, and creative integrated marketing expert with 27 years’ experience.


Recognized for creating vehicles that make complicated subjects accessible to broader audiences, Jamie was instrumental in creating the Small Business Lending Index, a key economic indicator of the nation’s financial health. Born helped her client’s index earn a co-brand from Thomson Reuters that ultimately garnered their credibility to speak before Congress. 


You can find Jamie front and center running national award galas with celebrities such as Martha Stewart, Ted Turner, and Gary Sinise, managing press on the red carpet during the NBA All-Star Weekend to driving strategies and media for banking and financial institutions and other B2B clients.


Jamie is a four-time recipient of the respected Publicity Club of Chicago Silver Trumpet Awards for outstanding communications, media coverage, and distinguished public relations & marketing communications.


Prior to consulting, she headed public relations for the American Marketing Association (AMA), the world’s largest professional society of marketers, representing 50,000 worldwide members in 98 countries with 500 chapters throughout North America. 


She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Chicago and is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, College of Media, Communications, and Information, Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Media Design (APRD).


A public relations major from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, she is a speaker, guest lecturer and enjoys donating her time to many charities.

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