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StartingUp Now Launches Skillcenter, A Network for New Entrepreneurs

- Wednesday, April 18, 2012



CHICAGO, IL (April 18, 2012) – Chicago-based StartingUp Now announced the launch of the StartingUp Now Skillcenter, an integrated business planning and social networking platform connecting first-time entrepreneurs with the global entrepreneurship community.
Skillcenter acts as an extension of the guidebook StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business, and is currently being used by both new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Like many first-time entrepreneurs, Carl Catedral of the Antioch Overflow Experiment in Grove City, PA, needed a solution to help him get started on his business plan. In addition to using the StartingUp Now guidebook, Catedral communicates the value of connecting to a larger business community and says, “As an aspiring entrepreneur, I'm excited about transferring my social media and brand management skills into a consulting business by using the Skillcenter to connect and learn from others with similar aspirations.”
Founder and CEO of StartingUp Now, L. Brian Jenkins, an African-American entrepreneur with 18 years of entrepreneurship training experience, emphasized the benefits of the platform to first-time entrepreneurs: “Entrepreneurs, adult and youth, need access to business planning tools that are simple, solutions-based, effective and affordable. The StartingUp Now Skillcenter provides the opportunity to get started on their business planning, and connect to a community of entrepreneurs for support throughout the planning process,” Jenkins said.
Skillcenter provides entrepreneurs a centralized source for information, resources and social networking. Through the platform, youth and adult entrepreneurs, as well as educators teaching entrepreneurship, gain access to content on entrepreneurship and business planning. Available in 72 languages, Skillcenter allows entrepreneurs and facilitators to share tips and resources to help one in starting their own business. Rather than replicating other entrepreneurship websites and journals, Skillcenter gathers people, content, practices, and resources on one global platform.
CPS teacher and Skillcenter beta user, William Smith, echoed Jenkins’ remarks at the StartingUp Now Facilitator Training. "This makes sense. Not only is it applicable and easy to use in the classroom, but this can benefit me personally as well. I can't wait to use StartingUp Now for my own business goals,” Smith said.
StartingUp Now (SU) is a social enterprise providing solution-based tools and services that aim to help new entrepreneurs attain their goals and successfully build their businesses. StartingUp Now acts as a guide, assisting the entrepreneur in getting familiar with startup business planning. The goal of the model is to help aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship educators transform ideas into real, operational businesses.
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For more information on this story, please contact Grace Yi at or (773) 644-1589.

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