Eight female entrepreneurs are now ready to launch their small businesses after graduating from the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project Thursday, April 5. The ceremony was held at the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center.
The Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Project is a training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses.
Graduates Betty Armas, Elizabeth Brew, Amy Charles, Roweana Elizee, Bonnie Henson, Cheryl Holland, Claribel Levinson and Dawn Ziegler each received certificates symbolizing their completion of the 6-week course which is guided by small business mentors. This was also the projects first all-female group of graduates.
In the two years since the Micro-Enterprise program has started, the program has graduated 79 aspiring entrepreneurs, 24 of whom have started their business ventures.
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.
Additional support is provided by the Southwest Florida Community Foun-dation, and the Southwest Florida Enterprise Center, Edison State College, Fifth Third Bank, Florida Community Bank, and Lee County Department of Human Services.
To learn more about the Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise project, visit www.goodwillswfl.org/microenterprise or call Elliott Rittenhouse, director of MicroEnterprise at Goodwill, 239-995-2106, extension 2215.