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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.

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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, 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:   Application Form

Classes run six weeks. If you have an interest in any of the classes listed below please download our application fill out and email to sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org  or fax to (239) 652-1655.
If you need assistance with application please contact us at: (239) 995-2106, ext. 2215.

 

CHARLOTTE COUNTY:

This class is FREE to those effected by Hurricane Irma (no volunteer time required)

         Port Charlotte class Starts: Monday, October 2, 2017
         Class is held at: Charlotte Technical College | 18150 Murdock Circle | Port Charlotte, FL 33948 (MAP)

 If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org 
Application

 

COLLIER COUNTY:

Collier County class starts: October 9, 2017
Class is held at: United Way | 9015 Strada Stell Ct #204 | Naples, FL 34109   (MAP)

If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at  (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org 
Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE
Application

 

2018 Collier County Class:

Collier County class starts: Feb 19 - March 20, 2017
Class is held at: United Way | 9015 Strada Stell Ct #204 | Naples, FL 34109   (MAP)

If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at  (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org 
Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE
Application

 

 

LaBelle CLASS:

LaBelle Classes Start:  Next ClassTBA
Class is held at:
Florida Western State College | 1092 E. Cowboy Way | LaBelle, FL 33935

If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org
Application 


LEE COUNTY:

2018 Classes for Lee County -

Cape Coral class starts: Feb 19 - March 29, 2017

Class is held at:

If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at  (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org 
Small Business mentors are counselor from SCORE
Application

 

 Fort Myers class starts: NEXT Class TBA
Class is held at: 
Keiser University | 9100 Forum Corporate PKWY. | Fort Myers, FL 33905
If you would like to receive information on the schedule please contact us at  (239) 995-2106 x 2215 or email sandraplazas@goodwillswfl.org 
Application

 

Featured MicroEnterprise Businesses: 

More than 615 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.
This list is updated frequently as our graduates open new businesses.


Additional Resources Assistance

Become a Small Business Mentor

Small Business Development Center

SCORE

Small Business Administration

 

 

Goodwill SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute 2016 - 2017 Program Funders:

Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

BMO Bank
Bank United
Busey Bank
Bank of the Ozarks
Charlotte State Bank
City of Cape Coral
City of North Port
Comerica Bank
Community Foundation of Collier County
Enterprise Charlotte Foundation
Fifth Third Bank
FineMark Bank
First Florida Integrity Bank
Florida Community Bank

IBERIABANK

MicroGrants
Mutual of Omaha Bank
Regions Bank

TD Charitable Foundation

Third Federal Savings & Loan
UPS Foundation
United Way of Lee, Charlottte, and Collier Counties
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Wells Fargo

 

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.

 


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