New program helps former offenders become entrepreneurs

CHICAGO (Nov. 6, 2017) — Gov. Bruce Rauner is announcing a new, innovative program to help formerly incarcerated men and women start their own businesses.

The Pathway to Enterprise for Returning Citizens (PERC) program is the first of its kind in Illinois. In its pilot phase, the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) will screen candidates and select 125 people who are returning to communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. When they go home, they will receive in-depth training and coaching on how to run a business. This program will give them the opportunity to spur economic development and create jobs in the same communities in which they live. Continue reading PERC Press Release

CNIFMG Hosts 4-Week Radio Series on WVON 1690AM

For many of our neighborhood small businesses, accessing capital can be a quest. With proper training and coaching, the journey can be made easier. In our 4-week series our trainers will provide you with the tools and resources necessary for success, while our coaches will help you implement and help keep you motivated for the same. Get your running gear, stretch up and tune in to learn how your Quest for Capital can be made easier.
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