weVenture offers free workshops for potential entrepreneurs


weVenture, in coordination with the AARP Foundation, will host a free Work for Yourself workshop at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13 at its office on 3011 S. Babcock St.

The Central Florida-based organization was launched at the Florida Institute of Technology and it focuses on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs.

Val Williams, a work-based training specialist at CareerSource Brevard, will be in charge of the workshop.

In late 2016, weVENTURE was awarded a grant from the AARP Foundation, allowing the organization to conduct free Work for Yourself@50+ workshops to interested attendees 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 five steps:

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

• Exercises to help develop the self-employment idea.

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

• Guidance to help avoid pitfalls and scams.

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

“After more than six months of Work for Yourself@50+ workshops, we are thrilled to see the number of budding entrepreneurs and those who are looking to be self-employed in our community,” said Erica Lemp, a weVENTURE executive director. “The need for these type of workshops and programs are promising for our economy and show the caliber and climate of business on the Space Coast.”

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 or call 1-888-339-5617 to register for the Oct. 13 workshop and receive a free toolkit and sign up for a local workshop.

To obtain more information about weVENTURE program offerings, call 321-674-7007. 

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