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Returning Citizens

Returning Citizens

Lead to Change via Entrepreneurship

Having a voice is a powerful tool to tell your own story. In many instances, those who are on the “receiving” side rarely, if ever, have opportunity to speak of the challenges they’ve overcome. Most people like control—but that’s especially true of entrepreneurs! Whether they enter entrepreneurship through job loss, relocation, or just the interest in launching something new, most entrepreneurs want to have control over their own decisions. But what happens when the control doesn’t exist? What about when options are limited because of past decisions you’ve made and the consequences impact you for a lifetime? This is the challenge many Returning Citizens seeking to gain a foothold in society experience on a daily basis. I believe most people would lack the perseverance for the struggle, even without the stigma of being incarcerated. I’m reminded of Jesus’ instruction to his disciples when they questioned his treatment of the most vulnerable, those who were cast out, those who had no voice, those who society had rejected, Jesus reminded them, “…whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me (Matt 25.45).” Creating entrepreneurial opportunities with men and women returning from incarceration is not about what we can do for them necessarily. It’s about accepting them into society and allowing them to earn opportunities—to have a voice and some choices, just as others who are on the entrepreneurial journey want for themselves. Join me in listening to Kelvin, Mica and Afolabi tell their story about entrepreneurship as a pathway to being heard, accepted and a way to give back to society. Feel free to comment and share.

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Duncan Legacy Fund

November 14, 2017

More Success for DLF Recipient, Myron Davis and One Last Prayer.

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Entrepreneur Update: Britney Robbins, Gray Matter

November 13, 2017

With a little funding and a lot of faith, 28-year-old Britney Robbins launched The Gray Matter Experience, a non-profit that aims to get more African-American teens interested in business while changing the landscape of blighted neighborhoods across Chicago. Along the way, she found some help from Entrenuity and StartingUp Now.

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Sounds of Poetry

November 14, 2017

The beautiful sounds of the violin and the unique syllables, words and phrases of spoken word--Sounds of Poetry. Sheila and Maya are performing arts entrepreneurs.

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Events

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mox.E Speaker Series - Mark W. King

mox.E Speaker Series - Mark W. King

November 18 – 18, 2017 / Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline:November 15, 2017

Introducing the Moxe Speaker Series--featuring experienced business professionals sharing valuable insights and information in an informal, once-a-month, Saturday session for a limited number of people. Join us from 10 am - 12 noon on Saturday, November 18, 2017, when Mark W. King, Managing Director and Co-head of Ares Venture Finance, gives us an in-depth look at how venture capitalists actually work, what attracts them to certain types of sectors and businesses and how to know if you’re a candidate for venture capital.

StartingUp Now Facilitator Training

StartingUp Now Facilitator Training

February 20 – 23, 2018 / Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline:February 6, 2018

Guide new entrepreneurs through the business planning process without losing their minds and ideas. Help existing business owners create a plan and operate with greater efficiencies. Explore how to earn revenue as a Business Coach helping entrepreneurs launch their dreams.

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Videos

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Moxe Overview

Moxe, located in Chicago's South Loop, provides a professional co-working space and coaching services for entrepreneurs to launch and grow their business.

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Moxe Overview

mox.E Women

Introducing mox.E Women--a group of Christian women entrepreneurs in Chicago who meet monthly to encourage, inspire and help one another grow personally and in business.

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mox.E Women

Entrenuity Summer Business Camp

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Entrenuity Summer Business Camp

Significant Insights with Entrenuity Founder Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins, founder of the non-profit Entrenuity and the for-profit Starting Up Now talks about his background, and the challenges facing the black community in the conclusion of this four-part series for Black History Month. He also discusses why he founded his ministry Entrenuity, which teaches urban youth foundational principals of entrepreneurship based on biblical principles.

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Significant Insights with Entrenuity Founder Brian Jenkins
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