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Kendra Dinkins

Kendra Dinkins

Taylor Electric, a South Shore–based, black-owned electrical contracting firm founded in 1922, has grown significantly since it began working on UChicago construction projects. Kendra Dinkins, Taylor Electric president and CEO and the firm’s fourth-generation leader, says that part of the credit goes to the University.

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Michael Childress

Michael Childress

Michael Childress and his team have been taking down walls at the University for more than two decades. MJC Demolition, the firm Childress founded in 1987, has worked on more than 70 demolition projects — including UChicago Medicine’s Advanced Cellular Therapeutics Facility, Family Birth Center…

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Jason Bonaparte

Jason Bonaparte

Every time Jason Bonaparte drives by UChicago Medicine’s Center for Care and Discovery (CCD), he says, “I look up at that tall, shiny masterpiece and think: There’s my work.” Bonaparte’s electrical company, B3 Integrated Solutions (B3i), installed the fire alarm system on the CCD’s third and fourth floors — one of the University contracts…

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Programs and Events

Polsky Small Business Growth Program

The University of Chicago’s Polsky Small Business Growth Program supports small businesses owners to help them grow and scale their businesses.

With funding from JPMorgan Chase, and in partnership with the Office of Civic Engagement, this program is focused on minority-owned, women-owned, and veteran-owned small businesses located on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Small teams of University of Chicago students consult with the companies to help them address key business challenges and determine new strategies for business growth.

Community Business Workshops

The University of Chicago hosts monthly Community Business Workshop open to small business owners and entrepreneurs from neighboring communities and members of the Polsky Exchange.

The workshops are hosted by the Office of Civic Engagement, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and IJ Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School, and sponsored by Union Bank. Through presentations and panel discussions, the workshops provide actionable and useful information to strengthen and grow a small business.

They cover such topics as negotiations, public relations, bookkeeping, and equity financing.

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Turner School of Construction Management

The Turner School of Construction Management is a free, seven-week program led by Turner Construction, co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and held at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The program is an intensive workshop designed to help minority- and women-owned construction businesses grow and succeed. Participants learn from industry experts about every aspect of running a construction business.

Please note: This program is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.