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Community Advocacy Organization

Experienced Grant Writer and Award-Winning Community Kitchen Founder to Host Seminar for Emerging Entrepreneurs


Participants will Learn Strategies for Grant Writing and Securing Federal Contracts


(CHICAGO, IL) - Seasoned grant writer Dr. Janell Harvey and award-winning community kitchen founder Rodney Trussell have formed a unique partnership that will help emerging entrepreneurs and new business owners navigate the grant writing process and secure federal contracts. The seminar will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2024 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the R City Kitchen, 841 West 103rd Street in Chicago.


During the seminar Trussell, who is also the winner of the South Side Pitch contest, will provide practical strategies for running successful businesses and discuss how his business assists South Side food entrepreneurs. 


“I am excited about inviting entrepreneurs into my world," said Trussell. "I want them to come here, and leave inspired to create or expand their own businesses. That’s my joy … seeing people grow whether it's in the food space or their field of choice.” 


Harvey, a retired business professor and entrepreneur, will offer tips on how to seek and secure federal grants and contracts.


"As fellow entrepreneurs, Rodney and I have personal experiences and know other business owners who need assistance with gaining access to capital through grants and federal contracts," said Harvey. "It's an honor to be able to share my knowledge and help businesses to identify opportunities that often remain hidden. It's how we all grow."


Interested participants may register for the seminar on Eventbrite for a fee of $50. Light refreshements will be provided. For more information about the seminar and presenters, email rumphandharvey@gmail.com or visit rumphandharvey.com.


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About R City Kitchen

R City Kitchen was founded in 2022 by Rodney Trussell. R City Kitchen is a licensed shared commercial kitchen driven by the founder’s vision of growing food businesses on the south side of Chicago. Rodney Trussell has been a pivotal figure in providing opportunities to learn the food industry on Chicago’s South Side through R City. He also runs Sanitized On Safety, a food and beverage consultancy that offers food safety, sanitation training and certification in the food and beverage sector.


About Rumph and Harvey Consulting

Rumph and Harvey Consulting is known for “teaching grit & growth to business professionals.” As a certified business executive and a 2024 provider of continuing education, the firm offers many business services, including strategic planning and grant management. Rumph and Harvey is a CFRE approved and HubZone Certified agency.


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