9 Local Entrepreneurs Form Legal Businesses at Incorporation/Organization Day

Earlier this month the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation hosted its second annual Incorporation/Organization Day, a unique event that connects West and South Side entrepreneurs with attorneys from local…

How to know if your business is ready for franchising

The following article was written by Abigail Ingram, executive director of the Polsky Exchange. Many business owners express interest in franchising their businesses,…

Entrepreneurs Need to Start Paying Themselves Correctly. Here’s How

The following article was written by Abigail Ingram, executive director of the Polsky Exchange. Entrepreneurs and those who work with entrepreneurs know that…

Veteran, Teacher, Business Owner: Meet the New Leader of the Polsky Exchange’s Small Business Development Center

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently welcomed Vince Beachum as senior program manager and director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Polsky Exchange. …

Startups to Receive Additional Support through ‘Opportunity Zones’ Programming

The Polsky Center, on behalf of the Duality quantum startup accelerator and the Polsky Exchange, has been approved for the Chicagoland Opportunity Zones Consortium’s (COZC) technical assistance initiative. Opportunity Zones…

Incorporation/Organization Day Helps Local Entrepreneurs Form Legal Business Entities

The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation recently hosted Incorporation/Organization Day, a first-of-its-kind event in Chicago that connected West and South Side entrepreneurs with attorneys from local law firms to…

New Funding Expands Tech Access to South Side Entrepreneurs at the Polsky Exchange

As part of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, the Polsky Exchange leads the Chicago Tech Equity Desk – connecting South Side entrepreneurs with…

#SBDC Day Q&A: How Will the New Small Business Development Center at the Polsky Exchange Help Chicago’s South Side?

SBDC Day, held this year on March 15, is an annual celebration of the nation's 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), a network of federally-funded sites that provide no-cost, one-one-on…

UChicago’s Polsky Exchange Expands Its Commitment to South Side Economic Growth with the Launch of a New Illinois Small Business Development Center

The Center will be the first dedicated to supporting professional services and technology entrepreneurs on the south side. The Polsky Exchange at the University of Chicago will soon launch a…

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…

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…

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