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The Monroe Foundation is a publicly supported not-for-profit community and enterprise development intermediary. We seek to educate, link and fund community development projects within low-income communities in that State of Illinois.

The foundation supports small business start-ups and financing through lending partnerships with Marquette Bank, and US Bank. Our current supporters are Bank of America, Citibank, Marquette Bank, PNC Bank, US Bank, Field Foundation of Illinois, and Woods Fund of Chicago.

We also provide small business development seminars through the small business development “Boot Camp” Program, funded by a grant from Citibank.

 

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Athena Williams to Lead Housing Center as New Executive Direct

Athena Williams to Lead Housing Center as New Executive Direct

Oak Park Regional Housing Center (OPRHC) Board President Tracey Wik and Vice President Fabiola Candlish announced that Athena Williams, a respected community organizer, and activist, and most recently program director . . . . READ MORE Tamela Milan, 48, overcame many obstacles to realize her dream of owning a home. Growing up in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood… Continue Reading

Learning to G.R.O.W

Learning to G.R.O.W

On Saturday, October 5th, fifteen (15) certifying and certified Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWBE), participated in the launch of G.R.O.W. (Gaining Readiness Opportunities That Work) two session cohort, underwritten by the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services, and facilitated by Vanessa Taliferro (right), principal of AD-V Business Consulting Inc.. Continue Reading


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