CUL Entrepreneurship Center Business Coaches 

The Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center has a first class faculty of coaches, volunteer subject matter experts, and organizations to provide you with superior counsel for your business.    

 
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Jason William Johnson

Jason Johnson is the Director of the Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center.  He is also co-founder of Konveau, an app that uses personality compatibility to help professionals make efficient connections at events. 

Hours Available:  Every Friday from 9am-1pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy
  • Leadership and Management
  • Design (UX/UI)
  • Marketing/ Branding
  • Pitch Preparation
  • Technology / Innovation
  • How to Start a Business
  • Social Media 
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Quentella Enty 

Quentella Enty  is the Supplier Diversity Program Manager of the Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center. Quentella has over 20 years of corporate procurement experience, and connects small business owners with contracts and capital.  

Hours Available:  Every Friday from 9am-1pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Teaming
  • Business Strategy  
  • Construction Management
  • USGBC LEED Basic Green Fundamentals
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The PrivateBank 

Representatives from the Private Bank provide clients with financial coaching and preparing for financing.  

Hours Available:  1st Thursdays 4pm-7pm, 4th Thursdays from 9am-1pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Finance
  • Access to Capital
  • Personal Finance
 

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Franchon Greenfield

Franchon Greenfield is the Neighborhood Business Development Program Associate at the Chicago Urban League Entrepreneurship Center. She provides new business owners with startup resources, and provides business owners with business licensing, TIF, and SBIF grant technical assistance. 

Hours Available:  Mondays 2pm-4pm and Thursdays 9:30am - 12pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • How to Start a Business
  • Licensing
  • Marketing

Chika Umeadi

Chika Umeadi is Head of Product and Engagement at Tiphub, an organization that provides funding, mentorship, and community for African and African diaspora focused entrepreneurs. Chika also runs strategy at Cornell Pharma where he focuses on scaling operations and identifying new market opportunities. 

Hours Available:  1st and 3rd Mondays from 6pm-8pm. 

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy
  • Design (UX/UI)
  •  Finance
  • Marketing/ Branding
  • Pitch Preparation
  • Technology / Innovation

Tamara Robbins

Tamara Robbins is a Creative Director with twenty years of combined experience in Advertising, Education and a Freelance Designer. Her expertise is in developing brand identities for corporate companies, not for profit organizations and events.

Hours Available: 2nd Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm. 

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Design (UX/UI)
  • Marketing/ Branding
 

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Ben Warsinske 

Benjamin is a brand strategist helping clients develop clear, cohesive, and consistent communications across their organization. He is the author of GROUNDWORK: The Foundation For an Unshakable Brand

Hours Available: 1st and 4th Fridays  9am-11am

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy
  • Marketing/ Branding
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Gregor Currence 

Greg works at Cre8tive Capital where he currently serves as a Strategic Specialist. In this role Greg has the opportunity to express his passion for working with innovators and status quo agitators.

Hours Available:  2nd and 4th Wednesdays

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Launch
  •  Business Strategy
  • Engineering/ Architecture/ Construction
  • Finance
  • Pitch Preparation
  • Technology / Innovation

Danielle Mitchell

Danielle Mitchell is an International Marketing Strategist under her brand Average Black Girl. She has previous experience working with L'Oreal US and Coca-Cola and now has a passion for bringing her experience and knowlege to small businesses. 

Hours Available:  Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9am-4pm, Tuesdays from 12pm-4pm 

Subject Matter Expertise

  •  Business Strategy
  • Marketing/ Branding
  • Social Media 
  • Web Development

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Accion Chicago 

Accion Chicago is a non-profit, small business lender.  Accion helps communities grow by investing in entrepreneurs who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. We provide the tools necessary for individuals to create and expand small business regardless of their backgrounds and other barriers of obtaining credit.

Hours Available:  1st and 4th Tuesdays from 12pm-4pm 

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Finance
  • Access to Capital
  • Personal Finance

Vena Nelson, C.P.A.  

Vena Nelson is CEO of Go Big Accounting Inc.  Go Big Accounting  Inc. provides small businesses (that most firms ignore) with the financial tools and support to start, grow, and run their business successfully. Our services are geared towards maintenance, sustainability, and growth.

Hours Available:  Second Thursday of each month

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Accounting
  • Business Strategy
  • Financial Statements
  • Payroll/ Sales Taxes 
  • Quick Books 
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Paul Ruiz

Paul Ruiz has over 30 year's as Sales Manager and Buisness owner. He teaches the Ten Steps to the Sale method and has written extensively on how to close more sales.

Hours Available: 1st and 3rd Fridays 9am-11am

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Sales
  • Pitch Coaching 
 
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Rebecca Hubbard, Ph.D. 

Dr. Hubbard is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. She is excited to support other mental health service providers with advice on how to create a sustainable enriching practice without losing balance in their own lives.

Hours Available:  3rd Fridays from 12pm-4pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy for Mental Health Professionals
  • Branding/ Marketing for Mental Health Professionals 
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Ernest Mahaffey

Ernie enjoys working with small businesses to develop opportunities and overcome barriers to growth.  He has a background in international trade and has founded and managed both for-profit and non-profit businesses. 

Hours Available:  1st and 4th Wednesdays from 1pm-5pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Launch
  • Business Strategy 
  • Finance
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Emily Farr, Esq.

Emily is founder and principal at Ardent Law, a full-service litigation boutique focused on representing and defending small to mid-size companies.  Emily thrives on helping clients thoughtfully and efficiently solve issues so that they can get back to doing what they do best.

Hours Available: 3rd Wednesdays from 9am-12pm starting in September 2017

Subject Matter Expertise

  •  Federal, State, and City Compliance 
  • New Laws Affecting Your Business
  •  Classifying Employees
  • Drafting HR Policies to Minimize Risk 
  • Drafting Restrictive Covenants: Non-Competes and Confidentiality Clauses 
  • Interviewing, Hiring, and Terminating
 
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Pat E. Perkins 

Pat E. Perkins, MS, PMP, CPCC is an award winning Certified Life, Career & Business Strategist.  With over 20 years in Corporate America and over 10 years as The Career Advancement Mentor, she brings a wealth of practical global experience to her coaching engagements and has a proven track record of achieving breakthrough results for her clients. 

Hours Available:  1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10am-12pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy 
  • Marketing Branding 
  • Executive Presence
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James Threatte

James Threatte is a Chicago native with an extensive background in operating successful healthcare and software businesses. He is available to coach healthcare or other service businesses and can provide guidance to cut costs and increase revenue to make any business more profitable. 

Hours Available:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-7pm

Subject Matter Expertise

Healthcare Business Consulting Including:

  • Human Resources  
  • IT Systems
  • Operations 
  • EHR Systems Implementation 
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Melissa Hamilton, C.P.A. 

Melissa is an experienced consultant and licensed CPA. She has advised Fortune 500 companies, private companies and non-profit organizations and enjoys helping clients develop solutions to make their ideas come to life. Melissa can help you think about your business from strategic,operational and financial perspectives.

Hours Available:  2nd Saturdays from 10am-12pm

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy 
  • Accounting