CUL Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation 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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Kevin Davenport

Kevin P. Davenport is the Established Business Program Manager for the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Center at Chicago Urban League. He is also the founder of The Ideal Candidate, a non profit organization and training academy that focuses on corporate integration, personal development, and etiquette training for ages 16-24 year old.

Hours Available:  Every Tuesday 9am-12pm (Hours will start at 8am after June 21st until the end of August)

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Strategy

  • Leadership and Management

  • Marketing/ Branding

  • Pitch Preparation

  • How to Start a Business

  • Social Media

  • Non Profit Formation

  • Access to Capital

  • Procurement

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James Parker 

James Parker is Entrepreneurship & Innovation Program Manager at Chicago Urban League Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.  He is also founder of Best Date Night, an app that creates date nights for couples. 

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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CIBC 

Representatives from CIBC provide clients with financial coaching and preparing for financing.  

Hours Available:  1st and 4th Tuesdays and Thursdays

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

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Curtis O. Jones

Curtis O. Jones is a proficient business owner with over twenty-five years of experience in construction & Real Estate. He is the Co-founder CEO & COO of two construction firms, Vice President of a property management company, founder & CEO of BCD Group LLC a consulting firm specializing in construction management & real estate development.

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

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Construction

  • Real Estate

  • Candidate Selection/ Employee Development

 

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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 knowledge to small businesses owners.

Hours Available: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 1pm-5pm

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:  3rd Thursday of each month

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Accounting

  • Business Strategy

  • Financial Statements

  • Payroll/ Sales Taxes

  • Quick Books

 
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Latoya Moore

LaToya Moore is principal consultant of Moore & Associates Business Services. She is also a Finance Manager for Coty Inc where she manages a $170 million portfolio consisting of Cover Girl, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Clariol, and an array of Mass Fragances. LaToya has over 14 years of accounting and finance experience.

Hours Available:  Monday- Friday 4pm-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-1pm.

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Finance & Accounting

  • Business Development

  • Management & Leadership

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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:  Available for Phone sessions or via Zoom ONLY until after March 5, 2019. Please leave phone number in comments, with a brief description on how I can be assistance to your business needs. 

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Business Launch

  • Business Strategy

  • Finance

 
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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:  Initial consultations by phone ONLY on Wednesdays 4pm-6pm. In-person appointments will be made after 1st initial phone call.

Subject Matter Expertise

Healthcare Business Consulting Including:

  • Human Resources

  • IT Systems

  • Operations

  • EHR Systems Implementation