PRLog - Sep. 26, 2012 - N FT MYERS, Fla. -- Aspiring entrepreneurs are now ready to launch their small businesses after graduating from the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project on Friday, September 21. The ceremony was held in the Sheriff’s Community Room in Lehigh Acres.
The Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project is a training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses.
Graduates Chantell Brown, Julie Camp, Derek Cesana, Ketinna Gadsden-Briscoe, Angela Gozzana, Jonathan Purchase, Lawrence Rice, Andrea Rodriguez, and David Virella each received certificates symbolizing their completion of the 6-week course. The courses, which are guided by local small business mentors, have been held at various locations across Southwest Florida.
Several of the graduates had an opportunity to speak to the crowd about their experience with the class. “I know this is a whole new me,” says graduate David Virella, of his experience with MicroEnterprise. “This class was such a big help. It allowed me to look at my idea from the outside. These ideas are our future.”
Florida Community Bank also was on hand to present a check of $16,600 to the MicroEnterprise Project. The donation “represents an investment in the MicroEnterprise program,” says Nancy Merolla, Vice President/CRA Office Florida Community Bank N.A. “Florida Community Bank values our relationships in the communities we serve.”
The money will go to a new micro-loan fund to provide collateral for start-up loans for the MicroEnterprise graduates as well as sponsoring classes in Lehigh Acres, Cape Coral, and Port Charlotte.
The next Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise class starts October 8 and will take place at the Cape Coral Nicholas Annex, 815 Nicholas Parkway E., Cape Coral.
The Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project is a partnership of several organizations and provides training for individuals with low-to-moderate income and/or other disadvantages to start their own businesses. The program is administrated by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida. The program is part of Goodwill’s mission to help people with disabilities and other disadvantages overcome their barriers to employment and independence.
To learn more about the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project, please visit http://www.goodwillswfl.org/