The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute hopes to increase the number of successful small businesses in Fort Myers and Southwest Florida.
The program, which provides small business training for individuals with low-to-moderate income or are otherwise disadvantaged, will begin a new session Feb. 18.
Applications are available at: www.goodwillswfl.org/microenterprise.
Program participants will complete a six-week training course, made up of three-hour classes, two nights a week. Mentors will work directly with participants to help the potential small business owners prepare a business plan.
Since the launch of the program in 2010, 109 entrepreneurs have graduated from the program.
At the end of the six-week program, graduates will have the opportunity to apply for small startup grants and microloans to help launch their new business ventures.
Those interested in applying, or who would like to mentor future small business owners, may call (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215.