“We really appreciate Fifth Third’s support of The MicroEnterprise Institute,” says Fred Richards, Vice President of Community Support Services at Goodwill. “This is a valuable program in the community and the support of organizations like Fifth Third really ensures the longevity of the program.”
The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week program which helps aspiring entrepreneurs develop skills and training needed to run their own small business. Mentors work directly with participants to help the potential small business owners prepare a business plan.
“The entire idea of MicroEnterprise is community,” says Goodwill spokesperson Madison Mitchell. “When businesses grow in our community, Southwest Florida grows. This grant showcases the Fifth Third Foundation’s commitment to our area.”
The Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute is administered by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. Persons interested in applying to the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise project, or who would like to mentor future small business owners may call (239)995-2106 ext. 2219. Visit www.goodwillswfl.org/
Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc. serves Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties, and provides life changing opportunities to independence to people with disabilities and disadvantages. Programs supported by Goodwill include Job-Link, career training and placement, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, income-subsidized housing for senior citizens and people with disabilities, and others. More information is available at www.goodwillswfl.org.