e-Boost Chicago returns April 8, 2017!

e-boost Chicago is an event for entrepreneurial Hope College and Trinity Christian College students, sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment.

Visit Google Headquarters, 320 N Morgan St #600, Chicago, IL 60607, Chicago, IL


Tour 1871, the “hub of Chicago’s thriving technology and entrepreneurial ecosystem,” theMART, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza #1212, Chicago, IL

Reconvene at Chicago Semester, 11 E Adams, Suite 1200, Chicago, IL

Inspired by a 1st-Year Student’s Paper

“There are many reasons people go into business. I think the easiest explanation is that we are created in the image of God and God is the creator of everything. Colossians 1:16 stats: “Everything got started in Him [Christ, the Son of God] and finds its purpose in Him,” If humans are created in the image of God and God is a creator, then humans are meant to be sub-creators with God. I believe that business is a reflection of the creative side of humans inspired by God. That is also why I find business fascinating….

Now that I am a Christian, I know I can make a difference in the world for the glory of God through business. [My Christian duty is] to bring shalom to the world [by] practice resurrection on broken things. I want to fulfill these duties and I know that through business this is possible….

God led me to Trinity for a reason. I know Trinity can help me grow in my field. I know that I will be equipped with the tools necessary for becoming a marketable employee. Furthermore, I know that Trinity will equip me spiritually.”

Who Is START Consulting?

START Consulting is a “dream team” of Trinity Christian College students working under the auspices of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment. Some are Bachelor of Science students majoring in Accounting, Entrepreneurial Management, Human Resource Management, Finance, or Marketing who already have project experience because it is part of their major. Others seeking advanced business experience are students majoring in Art, Communication, Computer Science, Digital Design, English, etc. who assist as needed.

All are project-based learners with a passion for learning and serving collaboratively.

Why Do They Do It?

We are called and endowed by God to do good work. Trinity Business faculty and alums empower students to discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling to do that work through personal, practical, and professional education. START Consulting provides advanced learning that pushes students even further.

How Do They Do It?

START Consultants are coached by experts: practitioners and scholars. We learn from a healthy, holistic mix of perspectives across disciplines, experience levels, and generations, the kind of mix that results in creative ideas.

What Do They Do?

START Consultants work as a team on projects for for-profit and non-profit organizations. Their work involves collecting primary and secondary research and analysis, developing marketing strategies, and creating implementation plans. They help client firms explore new markets and new product ideas or help them see old ones in new ways. They think outside the box because they don’t see the box. They facilitate innovation.


Speed Interviewing


Speed Interviewing is a accessible and effective venue for students to learn from alums.

The event works like this: instructors of introduction to business courses form student teams around common career aspirations and alums in those careers are invited and assigned to be interviewed by student teams.  In under an hour student teams interview alums in 15-minute intervals for a total of three rounds.

Why do instructors do it?  To help introduce students to business disciplines (accounting, entrepreneurial management, finance, marketing, etc) and organizational culture from the perspective of people who practice those disciplines as a career and even calling.  Why do instructors do that?  Ultimately to empower students to better understand themselves and organizational culture so that they can better envision what life after college looks like so they can make more informed decisions about their academic program and career expectations.

But Speed Interviewing is only the beginning of our learning.

Here are examples of the questions students ask:

  • What type of work do you do?
  • What skills are especially needed to do your work well?
  • What did you major in at Trinity?  How did that help you with the work you do?
  • How would you describe your career path?
  • How would you characterize your leadership style?
  • How would you characterize the culture of your organization?
  • What advice do you have for current students?


What is the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment?

Advanced Learning

Trinity faculty and staff empower students through professional, practical, and personal educational experiences. And, in turn, we are inspired by their entrepreneurial spirit and moral character. That entrepreneurial faithfulness expresses itself through project-based learning in the classroom but especially through the Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment.

One of Trinity’s strengths is experiential education. For instance, all students at Trinity are required to have an internship or field experience prior to graduation. In Trinity’s Business, Nursing, and Education programs, students regularly engage in internships, practicums, and project-based learning. Specifically, in the Business program, all students work on interdisciplinary (Accounting, Entrepreneurial Management, Finance, and Marketing) teams to address a real-world problem faced by a local business or non-profit organization. We major in application. The Center complements such programs with advanced learning opportunities to build an even better bridge between college, career and calling.


The Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment engages students in advanced project-based learning experiences to empower students to discern, develop, and employ their gifts and calling. In so doing, it provides experiences that make students even more competent and confident of who they are and what they can do and therefore more competitive and transforming in the marketplace.


  • Various professional development events. For example, “Speed Interviewing” brings together first-and-second year students and alumni to help students better understand the culture of business and the various business functional areas and roles. Similarly, “Etiquette Dinners” that helps students appreciate and learn to navigate the habits and culture of more formal business settings. Also, “Reflective Best Self” experiences called “20/20” that invite students to reach out to people who know them to write about when the students were “at their best.”
  • A Community Health Initiative involving Business, Communication, and Nursing students, and Nursing faculty. The community health initiative collects data on health needs in our internal and external communities (from Harvey to Tinley Park) and provides health education.
  • STORY Consulting is a “Dream Team” of English majors who help organizations capture their stories for publication in multiple venues.
  • START Entrepreneurs are Trinity students coached by subject matter experts on their evolving and emerging business models. They participate in and are supported by events such e-boost Chicago, activities through Trinity’s “E-Club,” and organizations such as Future Founders.
  • START Consulting is an interdisciplinary “Dream Team” of Trinity students coached by subject matter experts and the CECE director to solve business-related problems for businesses and non-profit organizations.


Note from Finance Grad

I consider myself fortunate to have the job I do, but know that I would not be prepared for it without the education I received at Trinity….I still remember the day my junior year when I decided to focus on a finance degree and told you I wanted to work at a bank….I believe Trinity provided a liberal arts education that gave me a diverse set of skills in order to succeed in my profession. The business finance degree certainly provided the analytics and financial skills necessary to compete in the professional world, but the overall education and the incorporation of a Christ centered education allowed me to prepare for the real world requiring communication, problem solving, and a social responsibility overlooked in other programs.  Best, Josh

Speed Interviewing


Kendra Zantingh and Steve VanderVeen are teaching the Introduction to Management course this semester and creating a new course activity that provides students a venue to learn from Trinity’s alums. 
The purpose of BUAD 121 is to introduce students to the business disciplines (accounting, finance, management, marketing), the management functions (planning, organizing, leading, controlling), and to think about them from a Christian perspective. That means we also want students to better understand themselves and how they could engage business culture according to their gifts and calling.  
To do so we are creating an event we call “speed interviewing.
The speed interviewing event looks like this.  Students and selected alums will gather on Monday, October 17, from 5 PM to 6:30 PM, in the Vermeer Fireside Room in the Administration Building at Trinity.   After some light snacks, introductory comments, and directions, student teams will  interview alums in 15 minute intervals, according to the students’ current career aspirations. Students will ask questions such as:
  • What type of work do you do in your current role?  What do you like most about it?
  • What skills are especially needed to do your work well?
  • What did you major in while at Trinity?  How did that help you with the work you do?
  • How would you describe your career path?
  • How would you characterize your leadership style?
  • How would you characterize the culture of the organization?
  • What advice to you have for current students?

With the help of our alums we can accomplish our mission of empowering students to discern, develop, and deploy their gifts and calling!



“A tribe is a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea” (p. 1).

“A group need only two things to be a tribe: a shared interest and a way to communicate” (pp. 1,2).

“Human beings can’t help it: we need to belong.  One of the most powerful of our survival mechanisms is to be part of a tribe, to contribute to (and take from) a group of like-minded people” (p. 3).

“There’s an explosion of new tools available to help lead the tribes we’re forming….All of it is worthless if you don’t decide to lead” (p. 5).

“Tribes are about faith — about belief in an idea and in a community.  And they are grounded in respect and admiration for the leader of the tribe and for the other members as well” (p. 9).

“Heretics are the new leaders.  The ones who challenge the status quo, who get out in front of their tribes, who create movements” (p. 11).

“Great leaders create movements by empowering the tribe to communicate.  They establish the foundation for people to make connections, as opposed to commanding people to follow them” (p. 23).

“What people are afraid of isn’t failure.  It’s blame.  Criticism” (p. 46).

“Leadership is scarce because few people are willing to go through the discomfort to lead.  This scarcity makes leadership valuable” (p. 55).

“Change isn’t made by asking permission.  Change is made by asking forgiveness, later” (p. 70).

“Faith is the unstated component in the work of a leader and I think faith is underrated.  Paradoxically, religion is vastly overrated” (p. 79).

“Training a student to be a sheep is a lot easier than the alternative.  Teaching to the test, ensuring compliant behavior, and using fear as a motivator are the easiest and fastest ways to get a kid through school.  So why does it surprise us that we graduate so many sheep?” (p. 97).

Leader or Manager

  • “Leaders don’t care very much for organizational structure or the official blessing of whatever factory they work for.  They use passion and ideas to lead people as opposed to using threats and bureaucracy to manage them” (p. 22).
  • “Managers manage by using the authority the factory gives them.  You listen to your manager or you lose your job” (p. 22).
  • [Leaders are curious persons who explore first and then consider whether or not he/she wants to accept the ramifications] (p. 63).
  • [Managers are people who consider whether the fact is acceptable to his religion before he/she explores it] (p. 63).
  • [Leaders ask for  forgiveness] (p. 70).
  • [Managers ask for permission] (p. 70).
  • [Leaders have faith] (p. 80).
  • [Manages have religion] (p. 80).
  • [Leaders respond] (p. 86).
  • [Managers react] (p. 86).
  • [Leaders do things] (p. 87).
  • [Managers have things happen to them] (p. 87).

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in.  Paint a picture of the future. Go there.  People will follow” (p. 108).