by Diana Pando

Small businesses are an important part of a healthy community. When they succeed, they help stimulate and stabilize local neighborhood economies by providing retail goods, services, and creating local jobs.

Being a business owner also gives you financial independence, flexibility, and the control you need to work on something you’re passionate about. According to a recent article on CNBC written by Silvana Ordoñez, “Minority businesses make up 15 % of 28 million small businesses and employ 5.9 million people in the U.S.”

Whether you’re thinking of opening up a restaurant or already have your own business, you need to know how to manage your business successfully to create sustainability. The Resurrection Project (TRP) will be kicking off a free six-week Entrepreneurship Training Program for individuals that need assistance getting their business off the ground.

Yvette Dudley, a small business owner of Soultry Shoes, said, ”I’ve been a business owner for 5 years and since then I’ve had no further training.” She hopes to gain a fresh outlook and focus to take her business to the next level. “I signed up for the program because it will give me an opportunity to revisit my business plan and learn additional entrepreneurial skills.”

The Entrepreneurship Training Program aims to give attendees new skills to help their businesses succeed by teaching them how to create a solid business plan, and learn to use tools like QuickBooks and social media to market their business.

“We are very excited to launch TRP’s Entrepreneurship Training Program which will assist small business owners/entrepreneurs build their business skill set and access capital,” says Marcelo Presser, TRP’s Vice President of Strategy and Economic Development.“We believe this combination of technical and financial assistance will empower the participants to act on their dreams to start or grow their business.”

What also makes this program unique is that graduates of the course will have an opportunity to apply for a micro loan from The PrivateBank. If approved, they will be able to receive up to financing to $10,000 in financing for a new business and up to $25,000 for an existing business.

“The PrivateBank recognizes and appreciates the important role small businesses play in making our communities vibrant places to live and work,” said Larry D. Richman, President and Chief Executive Officer, The PrivateBank. “We are proud to support programs like this and to provide important start-up financing to successful graduates to help these entrepreneurs create a solid foundation from which to build their businesses.”

The training program is for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit and wants to continue to grow their business. The sessions and materials will be available in English and Spanish.

TRP’s Entrepreneurship Training

May 19 – June 23, 2014 (every Monday for six weeks)

8:30AM to 1PM

Union League Boys and Girls Club

2157 West 19th Street

Chicago, IL 60608

The training program is for anyone who has an entrepreneurial spirit and wants to start or continue to grow their business. The sessions and materials will be available in English and Spanish.

To learn more about the program contact Robert Kostas, Director of Small Business Development
(312)763-3227 or rkostas@resurrectionproject.org 
 

 

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