Sunshine Enterprises (SE) launched in 2012 to train and equip neighborhood-based entrepreneurs in business management and development to transform their communities. Sunshine believes the greatest potential for economic development lies within the fabric of the neighborhood itself. As such, Sunshine Enterprises recognizes entrepreneurship as a key pathway to economic growth. The organization provides training, coaching and mentoring for businesses in Woodlawn, the South and West Sides of Chicago and Evanston.
Sunshine Enterprises has its roots in an over 110-year history when in 1905, Moody Bible Church started a rescue mission, known as Moody Mission. Within a few years, this inner-city ministry became known as Sunshine Gospel Mission, which later became Sunshine Gospel Ministries. This became the basis to support Sunshine Enterprises, a non-sectarian economic development initiative.
The organization offers a variety of programs and services focused on economic development such as the Community Business Academy, Business Acceleration Services program, co-working and networking opportunities and much more. A core element of Sunshine Enterprises is education, and its team provides training on budgeting, marketing, credit building and other critical areas. Business owners also have the opportunity to take part in a yearlong program, which focuses on taking a business to the next level through specialized coaching and personalized workshops.
Sunshine Enterprises also provides access to capital, which made them the perfect fit for signing on as a SimpleGrowth business assistance partner. The Sunshine Enterprises team works one-on-one with small business owners to identify their specific needs and connect them to micro lenders and financial institutions.
“Partnering with SimpleGrowth has been such a meaningful experience for our organization,” said Robin Simmons, Program Manager of Sunshine Enterprises. “Increased business growth and entrepreneurship is essential to community development, and being part of the SimpleGrowth network brings us one step closer to accomplishing our mission of establishing a vibrant and revitalized community.”
To learn more about Sunshine Enterprises, apply for a loan or accept support for your small business, visit simplegrowth.biz.