Black, Latino and female entrepreneurs find a new ally

Black, Latino and female entrepreneurs find a new ally

When L. Brian Jenkins received his master’s degree in divinity from Wheaton College in 1993, many of his classmates pursued doctoral programs.

Jenkins, however, wanted to serve his religion in a way that brought about a change in the youth of his local community.

He started working with Lawndale Christian Development Corp., a nonprofit organization that taught young people to own and run their own businesses. It was then that he decided to leave the world of theology and help Chicago entrepreneurs – even though he had no formal training in business or entrepreneurship; he studied English and religion at the University of Iowa before going to Wheaton Graduate School.

“This transition became where I really started to see the impact,” Jenkins said. “I started to think, ‘Maybe the Lord wants to use …

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