Archive for the ‘Entrepreneurs’ Category

Start-up Diversity: Local and National Programs for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Casino and hotel magnate Steve Wynn and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson have something in common besides their success; they are entrepreneurs with disabilities. Wynn’s eyesight is acutely impacted by retinitis pigmentosa, and Branson is dyslexic to the point where his school headmaster told him, “You’ll either end up in prison or a millionaire.” With 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 →

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 →

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 →

My Credit Score—What’s That All About, Anyway?

By Sharon Belloff, Senior Credit Advisor In a recent survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, people responded that they would be more embarrassed to admit their credit score than their weight, a whopping 65 percent of US adults had not reviewed their credit score within the past 12 months and 1 in 5 Read More →

Kenny Smilovitch New Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center

Consultant, marketer, educator, and musician Kenny Smilovitch is the new Director of the Duman Entrepreneurship Center at JVS Chicago. “As our new Director of the Duman Center, Kenny brings a wide range of experience and a deep understanding of what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur,” said Constantine Bitsas, Vice President of Career and Read More →

Highlights of 2014: Many and Varied

The strategic alliance of JVS Chicago and Jewish Child & Family Services was the big news of 2013–but this agency is no one-hit wonder! All areas of the agency had important news to report in 2014. Career Moves launched an innovative program of Job Search Work Teams, with Laurie Rosen and Arlene Wanetick running the Read More →

Affordable Care Act for Small Businesses

Are you a small business owner who would like to provide health insurance for your employees? In the past, it has been expensive and difficult for a small business owner to provide this prized benefit. You know that you often get and keep better employees if you can offer health insurance to them (and maybe Read More →

Money Smart Week: A Precocious 12 year-old

A dozen years ago, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago organized the first Money Smart Week.  It was a conglomeration of consumer education classes in the Chicago area, and it was a hit.  Many people, it turned out, were looking for ways to get more bang for their buck.

JVS Chicago Featured at Chicago Creative Expo 2014

  The City of Chicago’s series of expositions includes one devoted exclusively to creative people – innovators, designers, artists, crafts people and performers – and it takes place this Friday and Saturday, March 14-15, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., from 10 am – 4 pm.


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