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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Serving entrepreneurs since 2001

No startup can make it alone. The Duman Entrepreneurship Center offers the support small businesses need to thrive, through advising, loans, workshops, and a six-week accelerator program.





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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.




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, use this business plan template and worksheet cash flow projection as guides.

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.


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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.  Applications are due August 31st, 2017

Learn more!

Contact us

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


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