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Entrepreneur Spotlight

Entrepreneur Spotlight

Lesley Martinez Etherly

Lesley Martinez Etherly is a Chicago native with a passion for grassroots community development through the support of Strategic Marketing and Technology Resources. Lesley is the Founder and Executive Director of Contexture Media Network, a nonprofit media, web and tech organization working to support, grow and sustain economically challenged communities through digital education, production resources, and capacity support services. Contexture is Lesley’s direct answer to the ever-widening digital divide in low income and under-represented communities. Contexture’s team develops, trains and supports community development through the creation and strategic use of media, web and technology resources. Contexture is partnership focused and operates as an impact booster for organizations who are already committed to eliminating digital and economic gaps worldwide. Lesley believes in the ability to work together to sustain a 21st Century workforce development model and create a global media platform that is sustainable, inclusive and empowering.


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One Last Prayer

April 10, 2017

Duncan Legacy Fund recipient One Last Prayer lands 3 prestigious festival selections.

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Lead to Change

April 10, 2017

Participants in the March Lead to Change Facilitator Training learned how to facilitate the fun and highly interactive Business Simulation Game to teach entrepreneurship principals in a class setting.

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Brian Jenkins Shark Tank Judge

April 10, 2017

Brian Jenkins, ’93 Alumni of Wheaton Graduate School, was one of this year’s judges in Wheaton College’s 2017 Shark Tank final night of competition.

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Events

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PLAN TO LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development

PLAN TO LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development

June 5 – July 31, 2017 / Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline:May 26, 2017

StartingUp Now in partnership with Goodcity Chicago and Greater Southwest Development Corporation is offering an 8-week class providing first-time entrepreneurs with information, resources, and tools designed to bring business ideas to life. PLAN to LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development will provide insights needed to craft a solid business plan and pitch "the idea". RSVP today--only 20 spots available! Call 773-362-3373 or email C.james@greatersouthwest.org

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PLAN TO LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development

PLAN TO LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development

June 1 – July 20, 2017 / Chicago, IL
Registration Deadline:May 18, 2017

StartingUp Now in partnership with Goodcity Chicago is offering an 8-week class providing first-time entrepreneurs with information, resources, and tools designed to bring business ideas to life. PLAN to LAUNCH: Strategic Business Plan Development will provide insights needed to craft a solid business plan and pitch "the idea". Apply through Goodcity Chicago Incubator Program.

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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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