Starting a Business in Illinois

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  • 4:00-6:00 p.m
  • Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon, Chicago IL 60651
  • Entrepreneurship Training Program

    Bethel’s Entrepreneurship Training Program is for serious entrepreneurs who have already identified the area of business they want to pursue, pill but need expert guidance to minimize risk and maximize success. This program is geared toward entrepreneurs who want to start a new business, doctor owners of informally run businesses who want to become licensed and legally structured, check and owners of existing businesses less than five years old that want to expand  or standardize their business operations..

    Entrepreneurs selected for this highly competitive program participate in 14 weeks of classes on business plans, marketing, financing, accounting, risk management, legal issues, and more, followed by a year of personal mentoring from a business leader. Qualified participants are also eligible for loans up to $10,000 for a start-up business and $25,000 for an existing business from The Private Bank.

    Entrepreneurial Spirit and Community

    The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life operates the Entrepreneurship Training Program (ETP), at no charge, to provide training and support to individuals who live in and start their businesses in designated communities primarily on the west side of the City of Chicago. The program selects individuals who demonstrate the capacity to become entrepreneurs of new businesses, and also existing entrepreneurs less than five years old trying to expand their business. Participants are selected based on their potential to start or expand their business as a means to grow their income, increase personal wealth, reinvest in their business for growth, and create jobs within their communities.

    During their involvement in the ETP, participants are encouraged to launch or grow their businesses in industries with minimal financial barriers to entry or expansion, but potential for high growth. Service industries are often pursued by many entrepreneurs as there is a relative ease of entry and often less capital needed, and there is often a high demand for these services in both the consumer, commercial and industrial markets.   In addition, special attention will be given to businesses that are manufacturing oriented or supply-chain businesses. Other business tracks that indicate a large probability of success will also be considered.


    For more informations on ETP, exceptations, criteria and how to apply; please click the following link: ETP Expectations, Criteria, and Application

    Download the 2012-2013 ETP Class List

    Workshops and programs funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  All opinions, pill conclusions, capsule or recommendations expressed in our workshops and programs do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA best online casino or IL DCEO.

    To register, call Curt Roeschley (773) 473-7870 or email us at
    The IL SBDC at Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon, Chicago IL 60651