On Thursday, December 16, the Monroe College School of Business and the Women’s Business Resource Center of the HPEDC (Hunts Point Economic Development Corporation) held the first Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) graduation for twenty entrepreneurs who attended ten weekly classes in preparation for their entry into the business world.
“In this challenging economy these EAP graduates will have a competitive edge in the real world,” said School of Business Dean Michael Marinaccio. “Now they are not only be better able to set up their own businesses, but they’ll have the tools they need to make their enterprises sustainable.”
The program is supported by Capital One Bank, who implemented a competition designed for the students. Other support came from Verizon and the Small Business Administration. Teachers for the program included Monroe faculty and SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) students, and HPEDC volunteers and staff.
“An entrepreneur is more than a dreamer, it is a person who dreams and takes action,” said Marcia Cameron, Director of the Women’s Business Resource Center. “There’s no doubt that these students are in a better position now to start viable and successful endeavors.”