Filling the Employment Gaps in Chicago

The term “employment gap” has been used in recent months to describe national trends in the job market, including the lack of skilled workers in some industries or the difference between 2008 employment and current employment levels. But Jonathan Roth, a JVS Chicago Employer Service Representative, has found gaps in the local employment market that Read More →


JVS Chicago’s Pharmacy Tech Program

A Free Shortcut to A Hot Healthcare Career Even though unemployment numbers have steadily lowered, thousands of people are still looking and others must change careers. Technology and fluctuating markets have made career changes more common than ever. But the thought of going back to school is daunting for many, not to mention the cost Read More →


The Language of Business

Helping Immigrant Entrepreneurs Overcome Language Barriers The Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago is offering a new, free class this fall that is tailored to one of the most successful categories of entrepreneurs: immigrants to the US. “Our Language of Business training is a hybrid program aimed at the entrepreneur who needs to understand the Read More →


NEXJEN program

Naomi Cowans—a Lewis Summer Intern at JVS Chicago and a junior at Tulane University in New Orleans—realizes how difficult it might be to land a job when she graduates. Her internship is helping her get an early start. To assist in the launch of NEXJEN, our initiative for Jewish recent college graduates and young professionals, Read More →


Successfully Bring New Hires On Board:

A Win-Win Situation for Employers & Employees More than 25 percent of the U.S. population experiences some type of career transition each year, according to Mary Gowan, Dean of the Love School of Business at Elon University. Half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of senior outside Read More →


The Last Salute: Sending Veterans’ Families a Final Flag

Dwight Reed and Dontrell Peterson are standing by a big table in a warehouse examining what are known as “burial flags,” the American flag each military veteran’s family is eligible to receive when a veteran dies. They are going over each flag stripe by stripe, star by star, measuring the flag carefully and checking the Read More →


JVS Chicago Offers Low-interest Loans to Entrepreneurs

If you are an entrepreneur who dreams of starting your own business and are willing to work to transform that dream into reality, JVS Chicago’s Duman Entrepreneurship Center can help with a combination of hands-on technical assistance, training in business operations and a three-year, very low-interest loan to get the business started. Entrepreneurs who have Read More →


Part II: After Your Big Idea, Before the Business Plan

By Kenny Smilovitch, Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center In Part I, Kenny Smilovitch wrote, “Allow me to highlight a few components that I feel are critical for entrepreneurs before getting started on a business plan: character, experience, marketing and support” (you can read his entire blog on the JVS Chicago blog page). After covering Read More →


Networking: “Don’t send nobody nobody sent.”

–Chicago Alderman Vito Marzullo, (D-25th) Alderman Marzullo uttered his classic remark for WBBM reporter Bob Crawford’s tape recorder in 1979, but it was a saying in Chicago’s City Hall for many years before that—and corporate hiring managers are still saying it. In fact, networking for hiring purposes (which is what Marzullo was referring to as Read More →


After Your Big Idea, Before the Business Plan

By Kenny Smilovitch, Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center An aspiring entrepreneur recently asked me, “What is the first thing I should do when considering starting a business for the very first time?” We often hear, “It is important to have a well-thought-out business plan,” a map that will guide us as we navigate the Read More →



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