Entrepreneurs Graduate from Inaugural Workforce Development Program, May 9

On Monday, May 9, 2011, the Workforce Development Initiative at Medgar Evers College – a joint collaboration by the School of Business and the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) – will celebrate the 2011 graduation of its inaugural Entrepreneurship Training and Support Services Initiative program at 6 pm in the 3rd floor atrium of 1637 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. The WDI program was designed to address the disproportionately high unemployment levels among Blacks and Hispanics in Central Brooklyn through the creation and support of sustainable career pathways for aspiring and existing Black and Hispanic entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship training and support services. It is free and open to the public.

“I was truly excited by the growth and accomplishments of the participants in this program,” said Program Coordinator Yla Eason. “The WDI lectures and resources we provide an opportunity to help our community businesses and students develop and market their products and services.”

The keynote address will be given by Mr. Philip Berry, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for The City University of New York and President of Philip Berry Associates LLC, a global management consulting, executive coaching, and training practice. Fifty-six graduates shall receive their certificates, many are aspiring or existent entrepreneurs with businesses ranging from custom t-shirt silk screening, to gourmet natural beverages, onto dog walking and grooming. The ceremony shall also feature an award ceremony for participants in a special Business Idea competition which kicked off at the WDI Entrepreneurship Market Day on April 30th, 2011. Competition winners shall receive up to $1000 in cash prizes courtesy of Sovereign/Santander Bank.

“My bank is proud to be a sponsor,” said Nandanie Appana, an Assistant Vice President and Sr. Small Business Specialist at Sovereign/Santander Bank, who also serves on the WDI Advisory Board. “I am so proud of the program and its participants. Sovereign/Santander will continue to engage and partner with Medgar Evers College on this and other exciting initiatives.”

The program, funded by a Workforce Development Initiative (WDI) grant from the City University of New York, includes 12 modules of expert training in entrepreneurship; support in developing and refining a business plan; business workshops offered by the Business Outreach Center (BOC); a Networking Event and Marketing Day facilitated by the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce (CACCI); mentorship support by successful entrepreneurs, and more.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.