“How are you making it?” This was the question posed to me by a colleague and nonprofit leader during COVID. My reply was simple, “I’m looking to grow and expand our [Entrenuity’s] reach.” My colleague went on to explain that much of his programming revenue was beginning to slow down. Programs such...Read Story
Ethiopia, in the horn of Africa, is the birthplace of the coffee bean. The country produces more coffee than any other nation on the continent, gifting the coffee industry with some of the most prized coffees in the world. How the humble coffee plant grew into a massive industry is a story that begins with a murky legend in an ancient coffee forest on an Ethiopian plateau. It then develops and continues into the tired and twisted plot of white supremacy, colonization, and the enslavement and exploitation of black and brown people. The original source of knowledge, labor, and profitability related to the production of coffee was enslaved Africans. Again, the ORIGINAL SOURCE of KNOWLEDGE, LABOR, and PROFITABILITY related to the production of coffee was ENSLAVED AFRICANS. Farmers of African descent continue to play a key role in the production of coffee today, yet African Americans are considerably underrepresented as consumers and professionals in the specialty coffee industry. Those who dare to demand a space for themselves, face considerable discrimination within a culture of racial micro-aggressions and outright hostility. There is much to explore and learn related to this subject, which we plan to address in future articles, but for now Entrenuity is excited to announce a collaboration with Metric Coffee to personally address equity and opportunity for Black people in the coffee industry, starting right here in Chicago with our own Coffee Director, Kari Pendleton, and our own coffee shops, Overflow Coffee and Common Cup.Read Story
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of generations of Hispanic and Latinx Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.Read Story
From humble beginnings as a 10-desk coworking space across the hall from the Entrenuity offices, Mox.E is just months away from launching an enterprise-level coworking space with high-tech conference rooms, private offices and a specialty coffee shop, with interiors designed by world-renown Gensler design firm.Read Story
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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.