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Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare entrepreneurs for true success through experiential entrepreneurship and spiritual development training.

Our Vision

Our vision is committed to equipping youth and adult innovators and entrepreneurs to become the small business owners of tomorrow.

The Outcome

Learning the principles of entrepreneurship, biblical marketplace principles and
business practices, integrated
with the actual process of creating
an enterprise, develops:

  • Godly character and biblical business wisdom
  • Life skills and critical thinking skills
  • Free-market participation
  • Positive self-concept and personal motivation
  • Teamwork skills
  • Presentation and public speaking skills
Entrenuity Annual Report

Entrenuity Annual Report


Today more than ever, many ethnic minorities, women and returning citizens are driven to achieve financial success for themselves and their community. Entrenuity provides underrepresented entrepreneurs an environment to work, learn and grow.

This year marks the 20-year milestone of God's faithfulness to Entrenuity!

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Our Team

The Founder

L. Brian Jenkins, MA

L. Brian Jenkins, Founder and President of Entrenuity, NFP, and StartingUp BusinessSolutions, Inc., has successfully provided entrepreneurship education, training and small business development for over 20 years in Chicago, nationally, and abroad.

Under Brian’s leadership, both organizations have successfully launched businesses that have generated over millions of dollars in revenue and helped countless entrepreneurs with their business plan development. Brian has led entrepreneurship training workshops for teachers and youth workers and is directly responsible for training thousands of urban young people in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and financial literacy, in addition to teaching character/integrity based business operations.

In 2016, Brian launched mox.E, a co-work space and business incubator dedicated to coaching, connecting and capitalizing, particularly minority entrepreneurs. Mox.E’s mission is to build a strong business-focused community that supports ethnic diversity and fosters the spirit of entrepreneurial collaboration for success.

Brian has served as adjunct faculty at Moody Bible Institute, Illinois State University’s College of Business, The Urban Ministry Institute inWichita, KS and at North Park University’s School of Adult Learning, focusing on entrepreneurship education. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Religion. Additionally, he earned his Masters of Arts in Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School and is the author of StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business. Brian has been married for 22 years to Dr. Jenai Jenkins and they’ve been blessed with 3 children: Bria (20), Braxton (17), and Brooke (9). Brian and his family live in the Austin Community on Chicago’s west side.


Adam H. Phillips

Cafe Manager - The Common Cup

John Pendleton

Mox.E Collaborative

Josh Fort

Coffee Director

Kari Pendleton

Mox.E Collaborative

Mark King

Operations Manager

Randi Craigen


Scott Parker


Vicki Kim

Administrative Assistant

Liv Roskos-Peterson

Financial Consultant:

Lyman Howell

Creatve Director:

Kathyjo Varco

Bookkeeping Consultant:

Wendy Daniels

Our Sponsors

Entrenuity appreciates the generous support of our partners. We are grateful for the meaningful relationships we have and thank them for their valuable wisdom, leadership and technical support.
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