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StartingUp Now Has Inspired Entrepreneurship Across The Country

- Monday, December 08, 2014
StartingUp Now has inspired entrepreneurship across the country. This fall, Brian Jenkins held StartingUp Now sessions at Hope Center in Kansas City, MO, Living Hope Neighborhood Church in Oakland, CA, and in Chicago in partnership with Good City Chicago. Each session has allowed diverse audiences the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills. From youth to adults, many individuals have learned the steps to starting their own business.

Startingup Now was invited to Living Hope Neighborhood Church by Pastor Aaron Roy and Pastor David Clark. Pastor Roy is the Pastor for Preaching and Teaching. He received his degree from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL, majoring in Bible Theology. In 2008, God lead him and his wife to Richmond to restart the church.Pastor David Clarke is the pastor for discipleship. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics & Management from Albion College and moved to Chicago in the fall of 2001 to study Urban Ministry at Moody Graduate School. Dave serves on the board of two ministries in Africa, Hallomai International and Africa Revolution. He is passionate about seeing the church go on missions together, making disciples of all nations.

The StartingUp Now Exposure session at Living Hope Neighborhood Church focused on assistimg individuals that were newly released from prison develop entrepreneurship skills to help them begin to rebuild their lives.
The exposure session at Hope Center in Kansas City, MO focused on entrepreneurship and business development strategies to teach and engage local inner city youth. StartingUp Now was invited to Hope Center by Marvin Daniels, the Executive Director. Marvin holds a Masters in Education and accredited certifications in Urban Missiology; Mediation and Dispute Resolution: and Youth Development in the Urban Context. He most recently served as Vice President of Leadership Development at Kids Across America (KAA), a Christian Sports Camp and Youth Development ministry; and the Founder of Beyond the Norm, a training program that provides transformational skills for transformational ministry.

StartingUp Now also teamed up with Good City Chicago to host StartingUp Now through their idea incubator program. This session took 35 participants and broke team up into teams to develop a business idea and to create and present a business plan. Good City Chicago is an organization that identifies and supports high potential community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency, hope and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities.

The Exposure Sessions are the starting point to expanding StartingUp Now in 2015 to partner with new organizations and churches across the country, ultimately inspiring new business ideas and fostering the spirit of entrepreneurship.
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