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‘Chicago Reader 2014 Best New Incubator’ kicks-off inaugural summer rotation

Twenty-three aspiring entrepreneurs — ranging from businesses in the embryonic stages to those established in brick-and-mortar — showed up to begin or continue their respective journeys on the road to entrepreneurship. Surface discussions on marketing, pricing models and SWOT analyses always led back to targeting the right consumer market. From customary elevator pitches, the importance […]

UChicago partners with Sunshine Enterprises to support neighborhood-based entrepreneurs

On April 29, the University celebrated the first anniversary of its UChicago Local initiative by announcing a new partnership with Woodlawn-based Sunshine Gospel Ministries’ Sunshine Enterprises, which provides business education and coaching specifically tailored to small, neighborhood-based entrepreneurs. Read more.

Meet Your Neighbor: Sunshine Enterprises

Businesses are the cornerstone of any neighborhood, providing stability, growth, and a sense of community investment. Local businesses often rely on each other, so when businesses close or shut down, that often results in community deterioration. Sunshine Enterprises, a Chicago-area non-profit, is looking to make a positive impact matters in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Read more.

Chicago Expands Small Business Financing Program

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expanding the city’s Small Business Opportunity Center Program (SBOCP), a comprehensive financial service initiative for small businesses, via new centers that will be located throughout the city. The centers will maintain a $5 million budgets designated for small business loans, with authorization to loan out up to $250,000 each. New […]

Open for business | Greenline harkens to Woodlawn’s more vibrant days.

Over 120 years ago, the Green Line “L” train system was built in preparation for the World’s Fair of 1893. It provided a route from downtown to the exposition, located in an area of the south side that would later become the Woodlawn neighborhood. In the 50s, the area attracted middle-class blacks looking to setup […]

WBEZ | Entrepreneurs in low-income areas find ways to grow businesses

In underserved communities, entrepreneurs have a hard time finding capital to start and grow their businesses.But several programs in Chicago are helping these micro-business owners secure loans and be financially successful. One of those programs is Sunshine Gospel Ministries in the Woodlawn neighborhood. Participants regularly go through hypothetical scenarios to learn how to complete contracts […]

ABC7 | GREENLINE COFFEE A NEW GATHERING PLACE FOR WOODLAWN NEIGHBORHOOD

Like any serious coffee shop, the beans are ground and the espresso is pulled to-order, while milk is steamed throughout the day. But Greenline Coffee isn’t just any cafe, it’s a partnership with Sunshine Gospel Ministries [Sunshine Enterprises] across the street, which helped convert an old abandoned grocery store into a new kind of gathering […]

Chicago Reader | Best New Small Business Incubator 2014

A three-block stretch of 61st Street, from King Drive to [Cottage Grove Avenue], is like many on the south side: once a thriving commercial corridor, it now consists largely of vacant lots and boarded storefronts. Sunshine Enterprises, a nonprofit with an office on that strip, seeks to help entrepreneurs launch small businesses, partly in the […]

Chicago Sun-Times | Inner-city small-biz incubator project garners $600,000

Sunshine Gospel Ministries, an independent nonprofit that will open a small-business incubator in the Woodlawn community next month, will announce Thursday a $600,000 commitment from Madison Dearborn Partners managing director Jim Perry to expand its work. Read more.

Chicago Sun-Times | A new small-business incubator is coming to the South Side

Sunshine Gospel Ministries, an independent nonprofit that moved its mission to Woodlawn from the former Cabrini-Green housing project nine years ago, aims to teach promising entrepreneurs how to manage capital, leverage technology and wisely choose growth opportunities. The nonprofit also hopes to raise startup capital to start businesses on its own by working with volunteers […]