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Come Grow with Us

The Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center provides:

  • Individualized technical assistance to help businesses overcome problems
  • Instruction on how to access private and public funding
  • Group educational programming
  • Referrals to a wide array of resources and expert mentors

We Help You Mind Your Own Business

The Jules F. Knapp Entrepreneurship Center is designed to assist entrepreneurs through every step of their business journeys. Regardless of the information you need, we are here to help. To arrange a confidential meeting with a Knapp Center business consultant, please call 312.567.3893 for an appointment.  Please access and complete the client registration form prior to your first appointment.

Following is a list of common startup issues, yet this is only a fraction of the services we provide:

Start–Up Services

  • Company entity formation and structure
  • Access to resource directory
  • Business plan development
  • Cash-flow projections development
  • Real estate and understanding your lease
  • Employment and staffing
  • Understanding licensing needs
  • Knowledge about insurance, legal, accounting, banking, and other professional services
  • Financing options

Expansion and Strengthening Services

  • Outsourcing strategies
  • Financing options
  • Marketing, merchandising, and sales promotions
  • Developing add-on products and services
  • Market expansion including exporting
  • Lead generation
  • Exit strategy—IPO or sale
  • Access to resource directory

Business Tools you can Use

City of Chicago Small Business Resource Center

Business Plan Template

Cash Flow Projections Template

Monthly Breakeven Analysis Worksheet

Basic Business Building Blocks

Competitive Analysis Worksheet

Personal Household Budget Worksheet

Access Pro-Bono Patent Attorneys for your Inventions

Entrepreneurial Law
Chicago-Kent Law Offices

The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic represents entrepreneurs in transactional matters common to early-stage and small companies, including but not limited to choice of entity and entity formation, contract review and drafting, corporate governance issues, review of leases, researching legal issues as appropriate, and trademark searches and filing.

For more complete law service details, visit:  https://www.kentlaw.iit.edu/seeking-legal-help/client-legal-services/entrepreneurial-law


Chicago Kent Patent Hub
A Pro Bono Program for Illinois Inventors

Details about the Patent Hub program as well links to additional information and access to the inventor application can be found at www.kentlaw.iit.edu/patentprobono.
Questions can be directed to Mary Anne Smith, Director, Chicago-Kent Patent Hub, msmith@kentlaw.iit.edu

While the services provided by patent agents and attorneys are provided pro bono (without fees), accepted applicants are responsible for all Patent and Trademark Office fees and any other necessary costs and charges outside of attorney fees.

SBA Reviews: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights

Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
Duration: 00:30:00

What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright.

For help registering your Trademark, please visit: http://www.uspto.gov/trademark

Importing and Exporting Resources

  • Customs and Border Protection’s Importing Basic Info
    https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export
    Basic importing information page, including tips and requirements. Also provides information about importing motor vehicles, medications/drugs, and internet purchases.
  • Importing Specific Products
    https://www.sba.gov/offices/headquarters/oit/resources/14325
    A resource guide for importing agricultural products, automobiles, chemicals, defense products, food/beverage products, industrial goods, or pharmaceutical goods.
  • International Trade Commission Tariff Data
    https://dataweb.usitc.gov/
    Searchable database on the most current tariff and trade data for specific products.
  • U.S. Census Bureau Import Statistics
    https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/index.html
    Detailed statistics on goods and estimates of services entering the US from foreign countries.
  • Department of Agriculture Import Regulations and Policies
    http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=IMPORTING_GOODS
    Policies and regulations that ensure that imported meat, poultry and egg products imported into the U.S. are safe, properly labeled, and properly packaged.

More Importing and Exporting Resources

Export Financing

SBA Export Loan Programs

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