Sunshine Enterprises

Sunshine Enterprises’ mission is to empower local entrepreneurs in under-resourced communities to grow their business and transform their communities. We strategically partner with individuals in the community who are operating or seeking to start a business.


Sunshine Enterprises' vision is to establish 5 neighborhood-based business hubs catalyzing free enterprise in Chicago’s disinvested neighborhoods. Currently, we serve hundreds of unique entrepreneurs throughout the Chicago area in three main business hubs servicing neighborhoods such as Woodlawn, Englewood, West Evanston, Rogers Park and North Lawndale. Each of these hubs has been strategically placed in underserved areas. Our program offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs from all over the city to connect and build networks beyond their own community.

We employ a three-pronged approach: to train, coach and connect through the avenue of our Community Business Academy and Business Accelerator Service program.

Community Business Academy (CBA): is a twelve-session (36-hour) course in basic business planning and management. The subjects presented include training on financials, credit, marketing, negotiations, legal and more.

Business Accelerator Services (BAS): provide one-one business coaching and mentoring to develop and implement strategic action plan. These services are supplemented with workshops, pitch competitions, access to capital, procurement and shared office opportunities through our co-working space.


Accelerators and Incubators

  • Accelerator
  • Incubator

Business Planning

  • Business Plan Consulting
  • Forming a Business
  • Market Plan Development
  • Market Research

Financial Resources and Assistance

  • Budget, Financial Statement and Cash Flow Training

Management Issues

  • Human Resources
  • Insurance Requirements
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Recruiting Assistance

Marketing and Sales

  • Competitive Analysis
  • Demographics/Census Data


  • Formal Mentoring Programs
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Peer Mentoring

Networking and Associations

  • Demographically Based
  • Geographically Based
  • Home Based
  • Industry Specific
  • Small Business/General

Nonprofit and Social Enterprise

  • Accounting
  • Funds Development
  • Human Resources
  • Strategic Planning
  • Technical Services

Product Development

  • Product Design and Development

Regulatory Compliance

  • Insurance Requirements
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits

Selling to the Government and Large Corporations

  • Bid Matching and Preparation
  • Obtaining Certification
  • Obtaining Corporate Contracts
  • Subcontracting Opportunities


  • Coworking
  • Office Space

Starting a Business

  • Business Research Resources
  • Forming a Business
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Registration, Licenses and Permits
  • Site Location
  • Startup Business Counseling
  • Startup Classes


  • Bookkeeping/Accounting Software Training
  • Budget, Cash Flow and Financial Statements Training
  • Business Management Training
  • Business Plan Training and Assistance
  • E-Commerce/Internet Marketing
  • Home-Based Business Training
  • Marketing Plan Training
  • Startup Classes
Primary ContactRyan Pederson
Address503 E. 61st St
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone(312) 868-0040 x6