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Register for the Monroe Foundation Small Business Boot Camp

The Monroe Foundation will sponsor an 8-week Small Business Boot Camp, beginning Wednesday, September 10, and ending October 29, 2014. The classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dawson Tech, Industry Computer Lab, 3901 South State Street in Chicago. The instructors will be Stacey Woods, a financial coach with the North Lawndale Employment Network, and Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development.

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The Monroe Foundation will sponsor an 8-week Small Business Boot Camp, beginning Wednesday, September 10, and ending October 29, 2014. The classes will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dawson Tech, Industry Computer Lab, 3901 South State Street in Chicago. The instructors will be Stacey Woods, a financial coach with the North Lawndale Employment Network, and Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development.

The Monroe Foundation Small Business Boot Camp will arm you with the tools you need to move your business startup to the next level. We will show you how to start a new business and help you avoid some of the common landmines that await new entrepreneurs. You will

- Assess your readiness to obtain personal and business financing and start a new business
- Learn how to improve your credit score
- Learn the pros and cons of various legal structures for your business
- Understand the state and local business licensing and regulatory processes
- Learn how to navigate important federal, state and local websites for filings, registration and certification
- Prepare a business plan in a format that is generally accepted by banks and investment companies
- Understand basic record keeping and maintaining compliance
- Have access to up to 15 hours group technical assistance outside of the normal class schedule

Upon completion of all 8 weeks of the boot camp, you will receive a certificate of completion and be reimbursed for the first month of your subscription to LivePlan business planning software to complete your business plan.

Eligibility

- Start up business
- Individual/Entrepreneur
- A Small Business owner (under $ 50,000 yearly)
- Business Must Be Located in Any of the Target Communities of Englewood/North Lawndale/West Englewood/Woodlawn/Washington Park/Austin/South Shore/Chatham/Maywood/Bellwood

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1RCdtKVWtXsbewORzA5B9Z6Y8jTHboiZmp8VdwmBUvl4/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Please note that I will not be facilitating workshops for the Monroe Foundation's Small Business Boot Camp this fall. If you are still interested in the program, contact Otis Monroe directly at 773-315-9720.

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Fwd: FW: Entry-Level Firefighter/EMT Exam Application

The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for...

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The City of Chicago is pleased to inform you that the application period for the entry-level Firefighter/EMT exam started July 16, 2014 and will run through September 16. This is the period of time when applicants can sign up for the exam, which will be administered on December 13 and 14, 2014. In 2006, the age to sit for the exam was 19 and the age to enter the academy was 20. We have lowered the age to sit for the exam and enter the academy to 18. It is our hope that younger individuals who get on the eligibility list will be motivated to attend college and stay out of trouble and will find a sense of opportunity about their futures.

Attached is the job announcement, as well as the FAQ’s, which provides all of the key information about the application process and the exam. In case you’d like to cut-and-paste the link to the application website, here it is: www.cityofchicago.org/FireApplication. The website also contains links to additional information.

During the posting period, applicants can call (312) 744-4976 or email fire-application@cityofchicago.org with any questions or concerns, and they can also seek assistance in Room 100 in City Hall.

We have also modified the way candidates can apply for Veterans Preference. Applicants may apply for Veterans Preference at any time, even after the posting has closed. There is no longer a cutoff date for the submission of documents showing eligibility for Veterans Preference. However, the later the preference is applied for, the later it will be applied. Detailed instructions on how to apply for the Veterans Preference are included in the attached FAQs.

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