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The South East Chicago Commission and Downtown Hyde Park are proud to introduce the CIRCLE Program, a collaborative partnership with The PrivateBank providing small business owners access to capital and entrepreneurial assistance training.

The primary instructors have over thirty-five years of business experience from entrepreneurship, government, and corporate arenas. This coupled with master class guest instructors will prove to solidify the CIRCLE ETP as the program that prepares you to excel and succeed in your entrepreneurial goals. 


We believe learning how to run a business is just as important as having a great business idea. Entrepreneurial assistance training courses are available to all program participants. Participating business owners have access to a 15-week training program to prepare for bank financing.

Training sessions are held on Mondays, 8:30 am - 10:30 am, for 15 consecutive weeks beginning June 5 through September 25, 2017.  Interested applicants must apply before 5:00 pm, May 25, 2017.



Early bird training fees are $150.00 for registration completed by May 15, 2017.
Standard training fees are $300.00 for the 15-week program.

Training Fees


Participating business owners will have access to discuss financing needs directly with The PrivateBank to secure a business loan or line of credit.

Eligibility: The CIRCLE Program was created to support start-up or early stage small businesses in need of working capital and operating in Hyde Park, Kenwood, Oakland, Washington Park and/or Woodlawn.

Financing: The PrivateBank offers lines of credit and term loans with a minimum required loan of $1,000 and up to $10,000 for start-up and up to $25,000 for early-stage businesses. We’ll work with you to determine the right loan size for your business needs.

Cost: No loan application fees or prepayment penalties. All financing arrangements require interest payments.

Decisions: Capital decisions are made by the financing partner, The PrivateBank. The South East Chicago Commission and Downtown Hyde Park Chicago do NOT provide financing and do NOT make decisions on behalf of the financial partner.


For questions or additional info, please contact Eric E. Reaves by e-mail or by phone: 773-324-6929  

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