SBDC at SCF Provides Entrepreneur Training at The HIVE

(Bradenton, Fla., October 18, 2012) — The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) was awarded the contract for the 11-week Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) course, a project of the Newtown/North Sarasota Redevelopment Office of the City of Sarasota/Sarasota in partnership with Suncoast Workforce. SCF has been awarded the contract for the second consecutive session since March.  The current 11-week session started on August 28, 2012 and will culminate with a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex in Sarasota.

SCF developed the curriculum for the course and has provided basic business training and onsite counseling to potential entrepreneurs at the North Sarasota Business Resource Center, known as The HIVE, 2714N. Osprey Avenue, Sarasota.  The HIVE  is located in North Sarasota within the Sarasota Enterprise Zone. Twice yearly courses are offered at no charge due to the sponsorship of Comerica Bank and CHASE Bank.

“This course is valuable to individuals because it takes them through a step-by-step planning and budgeting process and gives them the necessary skills to determine whether starting their own business is right for them,” said Carolyn Griffin, director of the SBDC at SCF and Certified Business Analyst (CBA).

Everyone who has completed the program is contacted by SCF’s CBAs who offer additional support for those who have continued the process of launching a new business.

As the region’s economic engine, SCF’s training through the CEO Program provides the infrastructure to create and retain jobs in communities that historically have experienced unemployment rates higher than the surrounding region.

The CEO Program, a project of the Newtown/North Sarasota Redevelopment Office, was launched six years ago for entrepreneurs in the Newtown Enterprise Zone area who are starting or improving their businesses.


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