Duman Entrepreneurship Center

Funded by an endowment made possible by Louis Duman, a philanthropist and businessman from Highland Park, Illinois, the Duman Entrepreneurship Center was created in 2001 to support small business owners with training, education, and mentoring. The Duman Center also offers entrepreneurship loans of up to $15,000. Read more

Get help launching or growing your small business

The Duman Entrepreneurship Center offers support to small business owners to help them start and grow their businesses. If you are thinking about starting a business or have started a business and need support, the business advisors at the Duman Entrepreneurship Center can help.

Call 855.INFO.JVS (855.463.6587) to schedule an appointment,learn about upcoming Duman Center workshops, or obtain business counseling and low-interest loans from us.

The Language of Business

Do you want to start a small business, but need to improve your language skills and business knowledge?

The class is perfect for English Language Learners or Adult Basic Education students who want to bridge the gap between intermediate to advanced language proficiency while developing their small business skills.

…and successful participants will receive business support from the Duman Entrepreneurship Center and Loan Fund!

Register and learn more

Make your business plan work

Six Ways to Make Sure You Don't Tank Your Business Plan

What do McDonald’s and Starbucks really sell? Understanding the answer to that question is key to making your own business plan work, says Shelby Parchman, a senior business analyst and instructor for the Duman Entrepreneurship Center.

Shelby Parchman, a senior business analyst and instructor for the Duman Entrepreneurship Center, offers tips on how to avoid some of the pitfalls of executing a business plan and expanded on his thoughts later with Blue Sky. Here are six of his takeaways.

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Get help from a Duman Center Business Advisor

Start down the path to Entrepreneurship success: call 855.INFO.JVS (855.463.6587) today to meet with a Duman Entrepreneurship Center business advisor.
Register for a Duman Center workshop.  If you need accommodations for a disability, please let us know at least two weeks in advance.



The Duman Entrepreneurship Center can provide:

  • Free one-on-one business counseling from a Duman Center Business Advisor
  • Entrepreneur Workshops
  • Credit building assistance for entrepreneurs
  • Access to capital
  • Business plan
  • Download a Business Plan Narrative Template
  • Download a Business Plan Cash Flow Template



All loans are reported to the credit bureau.

Contact us

Call 855.INFO.JVS (855.463.6587) or email us at info@jvschicago.org.


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