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Former inmate brings yoga to Chicago’s West Side

A man who spent nearly half of his life in prison for murder is opening a yoga studio in one of Chicago’s more violent West Side neighborhoods. Marshawn Feltus hopes his new yoga studio will bring peace to the troubled streets of Austin. On a summer day, Feltus walked past boarded-up buildings ...

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Marshawn Feltus: Bringing Yoga to Chicago’s West Side

By Sharon Steffensen Congratulations to Marshawn Feltus, a graduate of the Entrepreneurial Training Program (ETP) led by the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bethel New Life on Chicago’s West Side. Bethel New Life is a community center in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood that invests in people and communities. Marshawn’s business plan ...

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Giving would-be entrepreneurs a head start

Bethel New Life program aiding startups on Chicago's West Side with education and access to loans August 11, 2013|By Becky Yerak, Chicago Tribune reporter In a West Side neighborhood where nearly one-third of residents live in poverty, Marshawn Feltus, 38, lights five candles, steps onto a blue mat and begins his poses. The ...

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