Ramona Thomas, a trained mathematician with a Ph.D. in education, gave up an 18-year career and position as vice president of a venture philanthropy firm to strike out on her own and open what is now Chicago’s premiere artisan chocolate boutique—My Chocolate Soul.
Sue McDonald is the owner of MP Global Corporation, a full service meeting management company in Niles, Illinois that helps clients execute an event from start to finish. MP Global opened its doors in 2001 and Sue’s husband followed her lead soon after, starting his own business in 2006. However, since the U.S.
Maricar Tinio is an example of the quintessential entrepreneur. In addition to having over fifteen years of experience in the legal industry, she is a three-time cancer survivor who has started and co-owned several businesses. Her most recent venture is Mardavis Group, Inc., a legal recruiting firm in Chicago that she launched just last year. But unfortunately her new business may come to a standstill if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed.
Karin McKie’s extensive resume reads writer, actor, publicist, educator and arts administrator—a true renaissance woman. But one of her proudest titles is small business owner. Karin’s business, Tree Falls Productions, based in Chicago, has been open since the early 1990s and provides a variety of services related to Karin’s creative expertise, primarily for non-profit art organizations and theatres.
The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago empowers business owners to thrive through connection, resources and support. You will connect to decision-makers and build meaningful relationships, have access to business and procurement opportunities, and advance through collaboration, knowledge and best practices.
NAWBO Chicago propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social, and political spheres of power.
SomerCor 504, Inc. is a non-profit development company certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) to originate SBA 504 loans in the State of Illinois. Since its inception in 1992, SomerCor has grown to be one of the premier mission-driven small business lenders in the Chicagoland area and expanded its offerings beyond the SBA 504 program. SomerCor is a SBA Community Advantage lender in partnership with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative offering loans between $50,000 - $250,000.
The Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center, a Small Business Opportunity Center for the City of Chicago, offers a wide variety of supportive services for start-up and existing small businesses located in and around the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as the greater Chicago area.
The Duman Entrepreneurship Center Loan Fund makes loans up to $15,000 to businesses who can demonstrate that the loan will help grow the business. These are 3-year term loans, with very low-interest rates and no penalty for early repayment. There is a low loan application fee and closing cost. The owners must personally guarantee the loan and the owners credit history will be reviewed.
Sunshine Enterprises exists to help cultivate flourishing communities through empowering local entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, build sustainable lives for their families, and create new pathways to long-term economic self-sufficiency. We do this through providing training, coaching, and resources for business management and development.
The Resurrection Project’s mission is to build relationships and challenge individuals to act on their faith and values by creating community ownership, building community wealth, and serving as stewards of community assets.