An Opportunity for Entrepreneurs to Build their Networks
“Activating Micro-Entrepreneurs” is an initiative that IMPACT recently launched in the Long Branch/Langley Park neighborhood. This new, bi-weekly gathering enables aspiring entrepreneurs to build their networks, and to access reliable technical support so that they can make progress toward their business development goals. We are grateful to our partners CentroNía for providing a comfortable gathering space in the heart of the Long Branch/Langley Park neighborhood, and Life Asset for providing technical support around two important first steps in establishing a business – building personal savings, and establishing a strong credit history.
Fifteen micro-entrepreneurs attended the first session (Thursday, September 24th), and their diverse backgrounds and experiences made for a rich and energetic first gathering! Some have recently established businesses while others are in the early stages of exploring a business idea. The skills, interest, and experiences of participants ranged from construction, home remodeling, house painting, valet parking, and home-based child care to starting a driving school and a family cleaning business. Others shared their dreams of turning personal passions and interests into income-generating opportunities – in areas such as yoga, hand-made clothing and accessories, and hand-made artisanal soaps.