Bigger Than Buying Black

An entrepreneurship program explores the challenges facing black-owned businesses

Ellen Hao

On August 12, at the chapel of Gifts from God Ministry (GFGM) in Englewood, twenty young adults sang and danced to James Brown’s 1968 hit “Say it Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud.” Holding in their hands Future Business Certificates issued by the church, they celebrated their graduation from a six-week entrepreneurial experience program designed to show them the ins and outs of running a black business.


It’s All Possible

South Side Pitch showcases ideas from local entrepreneurs

Courtesy of South Side Pitch

By the time the third annual South Side Pitch started at 7pm, more than 150 people had arrived at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where celebratory blue-and-white balloons adorned the outside of the new Hyde Park startup incubator. Here, aspiring entrepreneurs from the South Side would make their case in pursuit of advertising, event space, and other business resources.