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To eradicate generational poverty.

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The Joseph Business School (JBS) is a world class institution that equips entrepreneurs and individuals using practical and biblical principles to raise up companies and create wealth to transform desolate places into flourishing communities for the glory of God.
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• Starting a Business in Illinois

The "Starting a Business in Illinois" workshop is offered on a monthly basis to help entrepreneurs to prepare for the process of launching a business and / or formalizing moving a home based business. It is an overview that discusses the basic steps for planning and building a successful business.
This workshop is an overview of the information required to start a business in the State of Illinois.

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All About Patents
This program provides the attendees with an introduction to intellectual property and how it affects the life of a business. Attendees will learn the difference between patents, trademarks, and copyrights. They also gain an understanding of the rights of the creator, how to protect those rights, and the duration of the protection.

ABC's of Certification
This program provides an overview of the business certification process and helps an owner determine if certification is right for their business. Attendees will gain an understanding of how certification can be important for a business, what types of certifications are available, the requirements for each and how to apply.

ABC's of Accounting
The goal of this program is to provide the business owner with an overview of a business's financial cycle. Topics covered include: Income Statement-What it Is & What it Tells You, Balance Sheet - Is your company moving toward sustainability?, Breakdown of Assets & Liabilities, and, What are Ratios and What They Tell You?.

Social Media, Using the Internet
This program will cover social media, why it is important and what constitutes a social media campaign. Additionally, top social media sites and tools for business will be reviewed.

eCommerce, eBusiness, and the Internet
This program will define the difference between eBusiness and eCommerce for the Business Owner. Attendees will gain an understanding of the World Wide Web, how to create and operate a website, how to promote your website and business, low or no cost technology tools, information on resources and how to hire technical/consulting support.

Intellectual Property
This program will provide the business owner or inventor with an understanding of their rights as the creator, how to protect those rights, and the business side of bringing a concept to market. Participants will learn the difference between patents, trademarks and copyrights. You will also gain an understanding of how to prepare a patent application, how to perform your own patent or trademark search, how to evaluate your ideas commercial potential.

Lender's Forum
The Lender's Forum is an informational program designed for commercial lenders, offering presentations and updates from various Government financing organizations. Organizations presenting at the forums include: U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA 504 Corporations, Illinois Small Business Development Centers, and Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Qualify for 8A Certification
This training program is designed to help small businesses understand the 8(a) Business Development program. By completing this training program, students will gain an understanding of the 8(a) business development program. Topics include: 8(a) program purpose, How the 8(a) program works, eligibility requirements for the 8(a) program application process for the 8(a) program, Key Questions and Answers, and Resources and available Assistance.

Government Contracting
This training program is designed to help small businesses understand government contracting programs. It is about helping small firms learn about and take advantage of government contracting programs. By completing this training program, students will gain an understanding of the components of the government contracting process. Topics include: Federal contract markets and opportunities, Prime contract and subcontracting assistance programs, SBA's certification programs 8(a) and HUBZone, WOSB program and the veteran owned small business programs (VOSB & SDVOSB).

Start a Business in Illinois Workshop
This program provides the emerging entrepreneur with an overview of the required components for opening a business in Illinois. Topics include Characteristics of a Business Owner, How to determine the Feasibility of a Business Idea, Overview of a Business Structure, Components of a Business Plan, Options for Financing a Business, and Legal Requirements in the State of Illinois.