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UIC Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management

North Lawndale is home to over 240 nonprofit organizations, including some church groups. Most of the organizations could benefit from strengthening organizational capacity (ability to deliver programs and services more effectively).

I encourage you to commit to organizational excellence by going through the UIC Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. I am a member of the adjunct staff, and I have just finished teaching a course in nonprofit operations.

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North Lawndale is home to over 240 nonprofit organizations, including some church groups. Most of the organizations could benefit from strengthening organizational capacity (ability to deliver programs and services more effectively).

I encourage you to commit to organizational excellence by going through the UIC Online Certificate in Nonprofit Management Program. I am a member of the adjunct staff, and I have just finished teaching a course in nonprofit operations.

This is the strongest program of its kind in the country and draws students from around the world. If you are on a nonprofit board, work for a nonprofit organization or are interested in starting a nonprofit, I strongly recommend this certificate program. Visit http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/gci/programs/profed/online/index.html to learn more.

There will be an informational webinar for the program on August 15, 2014, from 12:00 noon until 1:00 pm. The last day to register for Fall Session 1 is August 29, 2014. The first day of class is September 4, 2014. The last day to register for Fall Session 2 is September 15, 2014. The first day of class for Fall Session 2 is September 18, 2012.

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Sunshine Gospel Ministries is Looking to Groom 40 Entrepreneurs for its Small Business Academy

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Community Business Academy is accepting applicants for Business Training.

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1) 12 weeks of Entrepreneurship Training
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They are looking to fill a total of 40 slots for sessions on the west side and south side. Check out the flyer for more information.

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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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