Get ready to warm up your vocals and join us for Karaoke!

As many of you know, Empower is passionate about helping entrepreneurs from disadvantaged neighborhoods who want to start a business, fill vacant store fronts, and create jobs in their communities.

We are reaching out to our friends this holiday season to raise $10,000 to support SBAC Empower’s mentoring program. SBAC Empower recruits and trains other small business owners to mentor those starting  businesses in Englewood, Lawndale, Austin, South Shore and other economically challenged neighborhoods. Opening businesses and creating jobs is so integral to changing the fortunes of these neighborhoods. A mentor who offers advice, support and accountability can be the difference between success and failure.

As board members and mentors ourselves, we are asking you to join us for a night of fun and embarrassing karaoke.

When:    Saturday, December 14th  

Where:  Louie’s Pub, 1659 W North Avenue, Chicago

Time:     6:00 – 9:00 PM Karaoke 

Drinks available all night (cash bar) and yummy snacks will be provided.  Donations of any size are welcome, and every dollar will make a difference.    Register/donate here!

NCCDC Lawndale Partnering

The mission of New Covenant CDC is to empower individuals and families through educational programs, real estate/business development and job readiness/creation initiatives that will promote financial stability and sustainable economic development. We are delighted to partner with NCCDC providing not only upcoming entrepreneurs, but mentors for those completing the NCCDC course.

For more information on New Covenant Training Courses and how to enroll: http://www.new-covenantcdc.org/home.html


Mentoring Program for Entrepreneurs

Powerful things happen when a respected, experienced person shows interest in and supports the development of another individual. We learn best by hearing about others successes and failures. Entrepreneurship is lonely. Having a friend, an unbiased sounding board, who pushes and consoles and is only interested in another’s success, is a priceless tool. Being aware of mistakes and consistently working to make smart, well-informed decisions is crucial to the success of a business.

At SBAC EMPOWER, we ensure our that our Mentors are 100% committed to the program. It takes a willingness to share successes and mishaps; to challenge and push a Mentee to think more deeply; to be realistic and address uncomfortable issues; to be open to new ideas and cultures. But most importantly, it takes time. Potential Mentors are required to participate in a one-hour training to fully understand the annual responsibility and commitment expected to their Mentee.

Becoming a small business owner requires drive and a serious commitment. You need to be willing to make sacrifices, put in the time necessary, and face challenges head-on if you want your businesses to be successful. For that reason and to ensure that every Mentee is prepared to be mentored, they must also participate in a training session to understand their responsibilities and commitment to their Mentor.

Empower Mentor Program Testimonials

If you would like to participate in Empower’s Mentor Program as a Mentor or Mentee, please contact us directly.


**Watch our Success Stories and see how we are making a difference

SBAC Empower Presents: Anjel Brown https://youtu.be/swig8oIPFNw

SBAC Empower Presents: Dinitia Robinson https://youtu.be/RLAKzEQO1RM