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Want to Be Your Own Boss?

Finding a job you love can be difficult-so why not be your own boss instead? Goodwill's MicroEnterprise program provides aspiring small business owners with the skills they need to succeed as entrepreneurs and become more independent.


What is a MicroEnterprise?

MicroEnterprises are the backbone of our economy. A microenterprise is any type of small business that has fewer than five employees and requires $35,000 or less to start-up, generally much less.

Did you know:

  • MicroEnterprises represent 90% of all businesses in the Southwest Florida.
  • There are more than 26 million microenterprises in our country.
  • One out of every six private sector employees in our country works for a 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!

 

What are the classes like?

Classes typically meet 10-12 times for six weeks, usually twice a week in the evenings. 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.

Upcoming Classes

Please save and email to: jilleden@goodwillswfl.org 
Call (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215 with any application or schedule questions.

 

COLLIER COUNTY:

COMIENCE SU PROPIO NEGOCIO ASISTA A CLASES Y ENTRENAMIENTO EN NAPLES EMPEZANDO El 

20 de Mayo - 27 de Junio

Lunes & Jueves en la noche de 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Ubicación de la clase: United Way 9015
Strada Stell Ct Suite #204 | Naples, FL 34109

APPLICATION - La asistencia es requerida para una sesión de
(Las clases duran seis semanas por $80.00)
Desarrolle un plan sólido para guiar el comienzo se su negocio con la ayuda de expertos y dueños de negocio que servirán como consejeros.
Además, habrá presentaciones de expertos  en las áreas de contabilidad, aspectos legales, comercialización, seguro y financiamiento.  
Esta clase puede ser tomada sin ningun costo si reunen los requisitos para colificar como una persona de ingreso bajo o moderado

Para mas informacion y inscripcion favor visitar la siguiente website: www. Goodwillswfl.org/microenterprise O llamar al telefono 239-995-2106 extension 2304
You can send a fax to (239) 652-1655 or email jilleden@goodwillswfl.org 

 

LEE COUNTY:

Cape Coral class starts: May 6 - June 13, 2019
(Classes will be held on a Monday and Thursday) 
Class is held at: Public Works Building - Community Room | 815 Nicholas PKWY E. | Cape Coral, FL 33990 

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215.  
You can send a fax to (239) 652-1655 or email jilleden@goodwillswfl.org
Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE    

 

Cape Coral class starts: July 15 - August 22, 2019
(Classes will be held on a Monday and Thursday)
Class is held at: Public Works Building - Community Room | 815 Nicholas PKWY E. | Cape Coral, FL 33990 

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215.  
You can send a fax to (239) 652-1655 or email jilleden@goodwillswfl.org
Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE    

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY: 

Port Charlotte Class Starts - April 15, - May 23, 2019
(Classes will be held on a Monday and Thursday)
Class is held at: Charlotte Technical College | 18150 Murdock Circle | Port Charlotte, FL 33948

If you need assistance with the application, or would like to receive information on the schedule
please contact us at (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215.  You can send a fax to (239) 652-1655 or email jilleden@goodwillswfl.org

Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE  

 

Featured MicroEnterprise Businesses

More than 645 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.

 

Additional Resources Assistance

 

Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute 2018- 2019 Program Funders

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation
City of Cape Coral
BMO Bank
Bank OZK
Bank United
Charlotte State Bank
Comerica Bank
Enterprise Charlotte Foundation
FineMark Bank
First Florida Integrity Bank
Florida Community Bank
Iberia Bank
MicroGrants
Mutual of Omaha Bank
PNC
Regions Bank
SunTrust
United Way of Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties
Wells Fargo 
  
The SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute and its partners are mission-driven to help people become more independent.

 

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.'s Registration # is CH1930.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE OF FL.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.  PLEASE VISIT www.800helpfla.com FOR OFFICIAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.