The Black Chamber of Commerce of Lake County continued dedication to equipping, empowering as well as supporting the minority small business owner. This commitment produced the Small Business and Contractors Academy (SBCA), a Non Profit educational program that provides cost free entrepreneurial business education to African American and Latino residents within Lake , County Illinois. To date the SBCA has a matriculation rate of 61 graduates! Since 2008 the SBCA has provided the hands on, relevant education and mentoring to established businesses and to next up and coming business owners. The program consists of a 9 week, cost free education course to complete a solid business plan and the tools to gradate business ready, if not currently in business. The program coving the areas of Marketing, Finance, Business Plan Development , Sales and Marketing, Business Accounting, Profitability, and Insurance and Bonding and much more . Each class is facilitated by the business owners and/or industry professionals. Upon the course is completed, students have access to the instructors for any questions, consulting and commerce support. The importance and necessity of successful business has a positive long term impact on families, communities with myriad of long lasting social economic impacts. Sponsor a student. Sponsor a class. Donate to the program. All contributions are gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance for making a difference in the lives of others and the future economy, Sincerely, Small Business and Contractors Academy Black Chamber of Commerce of Lake County The tuition is Tuition is $2000.00 per student. Additional funds for student are beneficial to offer a stipend to each student.