Small Business Spotlight: Egg Rolls Etc. Brings Comfort and Culture to the Frozen Food Aisle

It was a dare that brought Javon Nicholas, founder and president of Egg Rolls Etc.™, to Taiwan, and the kindness of her new community that inspired her to start…

Small Business Spotlight: Urban Roots Builds Business While Building Up Their Community

Jimmie Williams, owner of social enterprise landscaping and snow removal firm Urban Roots, had his most successful year ever last year. He used that success to hire additional employees and…

Small Business Spotlight: Getting Lost Leads Owner of Forty Acres Fresh Market to Find Her Entrepreneurial Spirit

When Liz Abunaw, MBA’14, stepped off the No. 66 bus in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood six years ago, she wasn’t looking to change her life. She was looking for a bank.…

Small Business Spotlight: Eventnoire Succeeds by Super Serving its Community

Jeff Osuji knew his latest business venture had legs during the 2019 Black Alumni Ball in Washington, D.C. His platform, Eventnoire, served as the registration site for this annual event,…

Acclaimed Vintage Boutique Recycled Modern, a Polsky Alum, Expands With New Shop in Hyde Park’s Harper Court

  Recycled Modern, an alumnus of the Polsky Center’s Small Business Growth Program, is bringing its art, home décor, and lifestyle boutique to Hyde Park’s Harper Court, fulfilling its…

Small Business Spotlight: Nicole Jordan’s Catering and Consulting Businesses Show “You Can Be Small But Not Small-Minded”

After a decade working as a consultant, UChicago alum Nicole Jordan, AB ’96, found herself at a crossroads. With a degree in economics and aspirations to be an entrepreneur, Jordan…

Polsky Center Revitalizes Small Business Growth Program with New Funding from JPMorgan Chase

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is expanding programming that fuels local small business growth and improves the economic health of communities. Funded by a $400,000…

Small Business Spotlight: Sarah Ware, a Change Agent in Chicago Real Estate

Real estate has historically been a white man’s game, and continues to be so at leadership levels. During its 139-year history, the Chicago Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has had only…

Polsky Exchange to Host Open House to Mark Full Reopening to the Community

The Polsky Exchange, a University of Chicago initiative that offers business education and resources to South and West Side entrepreneurs, has fully reopened to the community after a long pandemic…

Small Business Spotlight: Dinobi Detergent’s Plant-Based Laundry Soap a True Labor of Love

The story of Dinobi Detergent is as much a love story as it is a tale of entrepreneurship and laundry soap. Founded by Augie and Sylvia Emuwa, a Bronzeville couple…

Small Business Spotlight: With Taylor’s Tacos, West Coast Street Food Finds West Side Community

After moving back home to Chicago from California, Taylor Mason missed Los Angeles’ ubiquitous street tacos. She’d get an occasional whiff thanks to a guy who sporadically set up a…

Small Business Spotlight: Larry’s Barber College Stays a Cut Above With New Walmart Shop

Angela Harvey had never cut hair before she enrolled in Larry’s Barber College. Her first time wielding clippers, after months of classroom instruction, “I was shaking like a leaf,” she…

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