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In April 2017 we held our first Chicago Entrepreneur Expo.  This was a Business to Business Expo that brought exhibitors from all over the city.  Small business owners themselves, attendees to the expo found resources that could help their business strengthen and grow.

Empower now looks to  serve inspiring small business owners in both Cook and Lake Counties and have graduated two classes of participants from our Empowering Small Business Seminar Series.  One class graduated in July 2017 from our Chicago seminars and our second class recently graduated in November 2017 from our Waukegan location.  It is a wonderful group of budding entrepreneurs who are full of ideas, excitement and energy. Our graduates were assigned a business coach that will stay with them for 18-months and will help them overcome any hurdles they may face.

The first step on your path to successful small business ownership is our Small Business Seminar Series. This 10-week in-person program starts with helping you understand the scope of small business ownership, the sacrifices and the rewards. We lay out what you need to know and will help you create your vision. We will then bring in experts in fields that will help you run your business: human resources, supply chain, budgeting, business law, marketing and more! During the last two sessions, we will wrap up by helping you write your business plan, gather the forms you will need to get started and create a funding plan. By the end of the series you will feel Empowered to conquer the world as a small business owner.

Stay tuned to the Seminar Series page on this website for dates and registration information for future class schedules.