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.


View Entrepreneur workshops


Duman Start-Up Accelerator

An innovative program to provide support and working capital for your small business.

At the Duman Center, we share your entrepreneurial spirit and are committed to help you succeed. Our Start-Up Accelerator was created to provide start-up and early stage small businesses with a strong business foundation, resources, and peer support.

Learn more!

Contact us

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


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