Duman Entrepreneurship Center

We believe in small business and in its unlimited potential to impact our community. We invest in that potential.

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




The Duman Entrepreneurship Center supports startups and growing businesses with one-on-one counseling and workshops to help entrepreneurs develop business plans, acquire management and marketing skills, build credit, work with business mentors, and access low-interest loans.

To begin your business plan, use this template as a guide.  A worksheet for cash flow projections can be found here.

Loan Fund

Low-interest small business loans are available to qualified entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs who have a solid business plan, twelve months of realistic cash flow projections, some relevant business experience and generally a 20% equity investment can qualify to receive small business loans. Small business advisors provide practical guidance to help entrepreneurs build the required loan documents.

Entrepreneur Workshops

Business Education for Non-native Speakers

Do you want to start or grow a small business, but need to improve your language skills and business knowledge? The Duman Center provides programs to help Non-native English speakers learn the fundamentals of business ownership and management while improving their overall literacy skills.

Click here to register and learn more about the FREE summer class.

Contact us

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


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