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Goodwill Industries offering classes for entrepreneurs

June 30, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Entrepreneurs looking for help to start a business are invited to apply for MicroEnterprise Institute's upcoming classes, which begin July 17. The Monday and Thursday evening classes, offered by Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, will be in Cape Coral at the Nicholas Annex Community Room, 815 Nicholas Parkway, East.

The MicroEnterprise Institute is a six-week training program to help emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow their small businesses. Participants work with a business coach to develop their ideas into a start-up plan.

The night classes are funded by the city of Cape Coral and will cover topics ranging from legal aspects to accounting; marketing to insurance. Experienced business owners serve as mentors in the class. Funding options for businesses will be discussed in the class including potential options available through Goodwill.

Last year, 111 participants graduated from the program, resulting in 58 new start-up businesses.

To apply, visit or call 239-995-2106, extension 2219, for more information. The session cost is $80; applicants who meet certain income guidelines may be eligible to volunteer in lieu of payment.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The agency's mission is to help people with disabilities and disadvantages by offering life-changing opportunities to achieve independence. Goodwill's programs in Southwest Florida include Pathways to Opportunity and Pathways to Work, Job-Link resource centers, small business training classes, disability-accessible housing, and more.

For more about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit



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