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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Free Entrepreneurship Program Exclusively for Ex-Offenders

Sent to us by friend of the cause, Prof. Randolph Stone:

Free Entrepreneurship Program
Exclusively for Ex-Offenders

Starts June 9, 2014

Greetings from the IL-SBDC/Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago. We are pleased to announce that the Basic Entrepreneurship Support and Training Program (B.E.S.T.) is accepting participants for its first session of 2014. B.E.S.T. is a six week course of entrepreneurial training exclusively for ex-offenders. The next session will start on June 9th, 2014.

In 2013, sixty seven (67) ex-offenders completed the B.E.S.T. Program achieving nine new business starts or expansions and 14 new jobs were created. In addition, five of these businesses were funded through our B.E.S.T. micro-loan program, which is earmarked exclusively for ex-offenders. We are looking to create many new success stories for 2014.

We are reaching out to all of our partners to assist us in identifying qualified individuals who would benefit from this program. Thank you for your continuing support of this program.

The Duman Entrepreneurship Center Team

We need 30 Ex-Offenders
looking to start or expand a small business
and to become one of our many success stories.
There have been many successful
business start-ups and expansions
since the inception of the program.

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan for the start-up or expansion of a successful small business
  • Create and write a successful business plan
  • Design an industry specific marketing plan
  • Address financial planning and credit issues
  • Understand business structure and risk management
  • Examine options for funding a small business
  • Apply for funding through the B.E.S.T. Loan Program 

Microloans are Available!
Eligible program participants can receive microloans up to $5,000 to start or expand their business.

May be the last opportunity to participate in this program for 2014. Classes fill fast!
Important Information and Registration
Registration and Additional Information
All classes will be held at:

JVS Chicago
216 W. Jackson, 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606
To register, and for more information, contact:
JVS Chicago
Duman Microenterprise Center
Register Today
Space is Limited!
City of Chicago Residency Required
This program is funded by the City of Chicago
Department of Family and Support Services

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