Letter from the Executive Director

As we come to the end of 2017, our first year of operation I look back at the successes of the past year and look forward to the events of 2018.

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 owerners themselves, attendees to the expo found resources that could help their business strengthen and grow.  The buzz for 2018 is already buzzing loudly.  Our second Chicago Entrepreuner Expo will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at the UIC Forum.  If you are interested in being an exhibitor, a sponsor or a donor please click here.  If you are interested in attending, for now, put the date in your calendar.  Check back in January for registration information.  You can also sign up for our email list by emailing your request at

I am thrilled that we are now able to serve inspiring small business owners in both Cook and Lake Counties.  We have now had two cadres of participants graduate from our Empowering Small Business Seminar Series.  One class graduated in July from our Chicago seminars and our second class recently graduated in November from our Waukegan location.  We have a wonderful group of budding entrepreneurs who are full of ideas, excitement and energy.  It was my honor to bring speakers each week who impart information that will shorten their learning curve and improve their chances of lauching a successful business.  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.

We are here to Empower you to own your own business.

But we are not only for people contemplating small business ownership. We are also the place to go for current small business owners who are working hard to establish their business but feel they need a little more support on the business part of running a business. You can also benefit from our seminar series, mentoring program and connection to resources. This is an organization that is designed for everyone who wants to learn how to run their current business more effectively.

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.

Seminars will begin agin in March 2018 at both of our locations. Registration for the Empowering Small Business Seminar Series will open in mid-January.    Check out the Seminar Series page on this website for dates and registration information after the first of the year.

I look forward to spending 2018 continuing to help people on the path to small business ownership through our Empowering Small Busuiness Seminar Series and sequeing our graduates to the Empowering Small Business Coaching Program. I also look forward to holding another successful Chicago Entrepreneur Expo on March 13 as well as contintuing to meet people from all stages of small business ownership.  The Small Business Family is a great family to belong to!

My wishes to all of you for a happy holiday season and a successful 2018.

Let’s walk this path together.