weVenture offers free workshop at Florida Tech


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weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization launched at the Florida Institute of Technology that focuses on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs, will host a free Work for Yourself@50+ workshop in coordination with the AARP Foundation.

The free workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Florida Tech’s weVENTURE offices at 3011 S. Babcock St., Conference Room 305, in Melbourne.

Wanda Lipscomb-Vasquez, the program director of business services, will be the workshop facilitator.

In late 2016, weVENTURE was awarded a grant from the AARP Foundation which allowed the organization to conduct free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops in Brevard County. This program provides the knowledge, support and resources needed to make informed decisions about successful self-employment.

During this workshop, Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down for adults in an approachable way through five steps:

1. A careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks of working for yourself.

2. Exercises to help develop the self-employment idea.

3. A realistic overview of what it takes to pursue a self-employment opportunity.

4. Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams.

5. Ways to find trustworthy support and services in the community.

“To date, we’ve had dozens of local entrepreneurs participate in these free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops,’’ said Erica Lemp, a weVENTURE executive director. “We are thrilled to see that number growing. Becoming self-employed is a big step and being able to provide the skills needed to get started on a smart path toward entrepreneurship will only enhance the Space Coast economy.”

This national grant initiative is designed to help older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves.

To learn more about the Work for Yourself@50+ initiative, go to aarpfoundation.org/workforyourself. To obtain more information about weVENTURE program offerings, call 321-674-7007 or email weVENTURE@fit.edu 

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