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The Fund for Equitable Business Growth

About the Grant

Four of the leading philanthropic organizations, The Chicago Community Trust, The Coleman Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, and Robert R. McCormick Foundation, collaborated to create an innovative partnership grant. This new type of grant is designed to improve and expand access to capital, specialized business service consultations, and industry-specific support for businesses in Chicagoland owned by entrepreneurs of color.

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Foundation of LIttle Village presents

Juntos Emprendemos

A 12-week cohort program designed for 10-12 students with a blended learning approach that includes subject matter experts and mentors. The program is heavily focused on providing tools and resources to build solid financial systems for businesses, thereby increasing the likelihood of obtaining bank loans.

FourStar Branding presents

Branding Hub

A suite of branding services designed to align the value proposition with visual assets serving start-ups, the 26th Street business corridor and the Street Vendors Association of Chicago.

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Business Technology Education Center

Start-up Consultation

Small business and OOH advertising analytics / start up consultation: Impressions, demographics and backend marketing data. Mobile advertising: mobile application platform and web page linkage.

FoodHero, a social enterprise, offers

Cocina Rx

Cocina Rx Food as Medicine serves chef driven nutritional and traditional Mexican meals
for better health that are available pick up or delivery.

Food Hero
1871 presents


A collaborative program aimed at introducing young adults to entrepreneurism as a career path to financial stability. The curriculum will focus on ideation, the process of discovery and testing a business concept.