Small Business Spotlight: 103 Collection Connects Beauty with Nature

Things in life often don’t just line up perfectly. But for Melinda Herron, founder of 103 Collection – an eco-beauty company rooted in nature – the inspiration for her…

Small Business Spotlight: Ms. Jetsetter Takes Flight

Starting a travel accessory company at the beginning of a global pandemic isn’t easy. Just ask Tracey McGhee, founder of Ms. Jetsetter. “There were times when I thought that…

Small Business Spotlight: Love Cork Screw Welcomes Everyone to a Glass of Wine

In 2019, Chrishon Lampley stood in the middle of New York’s Times Square, looked up, and saw her wine brand Love Cork Screw emblazoned on a billboard. “That was just…

Small Business Spotlight: Amazing Edibles Catering Has Been Serving Great Food and Good Times For 30 Years

  Andrea Herrera started Amazing Edibles Catering three decades ago, growing it from a small storefront with just a chef and herself to a thriving business with a 5,000-square-foot kitchen…

Small Business Spotlight: Anthos Training Clubs Brings Personability to Personal Training

“Two things really set us apart from other gyms,” says Shaka Mitchell, co-founder and company director of Anthos Training Clubs in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. “First would be our understanding…

Small Business Spotlight: Larvetta Loftin Built L3 Agency To Deliver Culturally-Aware Content, Showcase Black Female Talent

Larvetta Loftin, founder and CEO of full-service influencer marketing and communications firm The L3 Agency, has coined a motto that guides how she approaches her career: “Doing what you love…

Small Business Spotlight: Brown Sugar Bakery Hits the Sweet Spot Between Homey and Gourmet

“Some people talk about passion,” said Stephanie Hart, owner of Brown Sugar Bakery on East 75th Street in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood, “I’m about discipline.” That nose-to-the-grindstone practicality has helped Hart…

Small Business Spotlight: ‘I Choose the Ladder’ Coaches Fortune 500 Companies on Employee Development, Retention

  Three years ago, Watchen Nyanue, MBA ’22 had a dream job as the senior vice president of marketing partnerships for the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. The only problem?…

Small Business Spotlight: Big Plans are Brewing For Kikwetu Kenya Coffee Company

With three young children and a full-time job as a technology executive, Leecox Omollo has to be intentional about how he spends his spare time. So as he and his…

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…

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