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 February 18, 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.