The Experts in Residence program offers valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs to meet established professionals one-on-one to discuss business ideas, seek advise or simply have a conversation about starting and growing a business. Four 30-minute individual slots are available for business owners.
Florence Pittman-Hardy, Attorney
Florence began her career while an undergraduate student at Howard University in Washington, DC. As the President of the Entrepreneurial Society for 3 years, she helped created a consulting program in which students provided operational knowledge and marketing ideas to neighborhood businesses. Upon graduation, Florence moved to Germany for 6 months as a fellow with the Congress-Bundesrat Young Professionals Program, where she studied international business.
After returning to the States, she began working toward a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship. She has worked for the City of Chicago in the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection as a Senior Business Consultant.
While working for the City of Chicago during the day, she began to take night classes at the John Marshall Law School (JMLS) to work toward a Juris Doctor degree in corporate, transactional and intellectual property law. Most notably, she assisted in the creation of the new Business Transactions Externship Program at JMLS which now provides free legal advice to business owners who do not have the resources to enlist the services of an attorney in handling business transactions.
Florence is also a Certified Mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution in Chicago.
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Illinois SBDC at UIC
The Illinois SBDC at UIC is committed to help businesses start, grow and prosper. Through a variety of programs and workshops, the Illinois SBDC at UIC provides entrepreneurial training and consulting to Chicago's business community.
Over the past the past decade we have served over 2000 entrepreneurs who launched 200 new businesses, creating 2600 jobs and securing over $85 million in funding. With a specialty in Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the IL SBDC at UIC is your business resource for entrepreneurial success.
The Illinois SBDC at UIC is funded and supported by the UIC College of Business Administration, Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.