Date: June 16, 2011
Contact: Eric Matanyi
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-4044
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
Governors State Receives Coleman Foundation Grant
University Park, Illinois, June 16, 2011 - Governors State University recently received a $17,000 grant from The Coleman Foundation of Chicago. The grant will be used to support three Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camps hosted by CenterPoint.
Over the past three years, CenterPoint at Governors State has provided more than 400 veterans and active military personnel with the tools necessary to start their own businesses or improve their existing businesses. The Coleman Grant will allow CenterPoint to offer this event free of charge through 2012.
“We are proud to be able to serve those that have served our country,” said CenterPoint Director Hilary Burkinshaw. “This grant will allow us to offer this valuable program to an additional 300 veteran entrepreneurs.”
The boot camp is a focused intensive one day entrepreneurial training and counseling event for veterans, active military personnel, their business partners, and families. The daylong event provides the tools and knowledge needed for entrepreneurial success.
In 2008 and in 2009, the Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp was honored by the Illinois Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth Association for “outstanding, innovative, and best practices in the programs and services offered by member Illinois centers and the impact the program has had on the community, region, and state.”
CenterPoint at Governors State University includes an Illinois International Trade Center and an Illinois Small Business Development Center. The center is funded by the Small Business Administration, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and Governors State University.
CenterPoint at Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, Illinois. For more information on the grant, the Veterans Entrepreneurial Boot Camp, or CenterPoint business consulting services, call (708) 534-4929 or visit www.centerpointgsu.com.