MicroEnterprise

Who Is Eligible?

Our MicroEnterprise program is designed to help individuals with low to moderate income levels and other disadvantages to start or stabilize their own businesses. If you have a great idea for a new business, the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute is available to aspiring small business owners who live in the Southwest Florida area.

An administrative fee may apply depending upon your income level. This pays for your course materials-but the rewards you reap will give you far more value! Services are offered to residents of Lee, Collier, Charlotte, North Port, Hendry and Glades Counties.  

What Are The Classes Like?

Classes meet Monday and Thursday evenings for six weeks. In the Goodwill MicroEnterprise Program, you will work with an instructor as well as a small business mentor who helps guide you through planning your business and shares their personal experiences. These classes will assist you in developing a feasibility plan that focuses on cash flow- the first and most critical step in creating a business plan. A strong business plan will help you not only to run your business, but also to apply for financial assistance.  After completion of the class and based on ability to repay, participants may be eligible to apply for a small loan through the Kiva Zip program with Goodwill MicroEnterprise providing some matching funds.

In person classes with social distancing and Masks required during COVID

Available Classes
Cape Coral Class

August 22 - September 29 , 2022

Held in person at: Public Works Building/Community Room
815  Nicholas PKWY E. Cape Coral FL 33990
Please call (239) 995-2106 ext 2215 for details. 

Veterans we have 5 Scholorships avaialbe as a way to thank you for your service.  

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215
or email annettewatkins@goodwillswfl.org 

Counselors include SCORE representatives and experienced small business owners

Naples Class

September 12 - October 20, 2022

VIRTUAL CLASS:

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact:
(239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 or email annettewatkins@goodwillswfl.org

Counselors include SCORE representatives and experienced small business owners

Fort Myers Class

June 20 - July 28, 2022

Held in person at: Hodges University Keist Community Room 4501 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33996

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact: (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 or email annettewatkins@goodwillswfl.org

Counselors include SCORE representatives and experienced small business owners

 

SPANISH CLASS
August 8 - September 9, 2022 

Held in person at: Hodges University Keist Community Room 4501 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33996

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact: (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 or email annettewatkins@goodwillswfl.org

Counselors include SCORE representatives and experienced small business owners

Port Charlotte Class

October 3, - November 10, 2022

Held in person at: Goodwill Community Resource Center
24123 Peachland Blvd., Port Charlotte FL 33954
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact:
(239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 or email annettewatkins@goodwillswfl.org

Counselors include SCORE representatives and experienced small business owners

Featured Microenterprise Businesses

More than 943 entrepreneurs have graduated from the Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute, and many have successfully started their own
businesses with education and other assistance from Goodwill and our partners. Please support our programs by supporting these businesses.

Click here to view MicroEnterprise Business Directory.

Funding Provided By
  • Major funding provided by:
    Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
  • Bank of America
  • Bank OZK
  • BankUnited
  • Charlotte State Bank
  • CIT Bank
  • City of Cape Coral
  • City of Fort Myers
  • City of North Port 
  • Coca-Cola Foundation
  • Comerica Bank
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FineMark National Bank & Trust
  • First Florida Integrity Bank
  • Regions Bank
  • Rotary Club of Punta Gorda
  • Synovus Bank
  • TD Bank Foundation
  • TIAA Bank
  • Truist Bank - (SunTrust Bank)
  • US Department Housing and Urban Development
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Zonta Foundation of SWFL

The SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute and its partners are mission-driven to help people become more independent.

Additional Resources Assistance

Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute 2021-2022 Program Funders

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