Our Mentors

Brian Jenkins

L. Brian Jenkins, the Founder and President of Entrenuity, NFP and StartingUp Business Solutions, Inc., has successfully provided entrepreneurship education training and small business development for over 20 years in Chicago, nationally, and abroad. Under Brian’s leadership, both organizations have successfully launched businesses with a combined gross revenue of over $3M, and helped countless entrepreneurs with their business plan development. Brian has led entrepreneurship training workshops for teachers and youth workers and is directly responsible for training thousands of urban young people in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and financial literacy, in addition to teaching character/integrity based business operations. Brian has served as adjunct faculty at Moody Bible Institute, Illinois State University’s College of Business, The Urban Ministry Institute in Wichita, KS, and currently at North Park University’s School of Adult Learning, focusing on entrepreneurship education. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Religion; additionally, he earned his Masters of Arts in Theology from Wheaton College Graduate School and is the author of StartingUp Now: 24 Steps to Launch Your Own Business. Brian has been married for 24 years to Dr. Jenai Jenkins and they’ve been blessed with 3 children Bria (22), Braxton (19), and Brooke (11). Brian and his family live in the Austin Community on Chicago’s west side.