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Cape Coral, FL –Individuals who are thinking about starting their own business, but need some mentoring are invited to apply for the Cape Coral class, scheduled for Feb 5 – March 14, 2024. Application are now being accepted, and class size is limited.

More than 500 local businesses have emerged from the Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute. This six-week small business development program helps low-to-moderate income emerging entrepreneurs start new ventures and grow small businesses.

Classes are scheduled from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and Thursday evenings at 815 Nicholas Parkway East, Cape Coral.  Graduates complete a comprehensive training course and prepare a solid plan to guide their start-up.  They work with mentors who are successful businesspeople, and hear from subject matter experts in areas of accounting, legal, marketing, insurance and funding. An easy to use workbook, used by organizations across America, assist in transforming vision into a plan for a successful business.

Recent program graduate says, “This course helped me to organize and plan out the steps for creating my business. Coming in, I had no idea how to start a business that would lead to success, and now I have that.” 

To apply, visit, or call (239) 995-2106 ext. 2215.  The session is $80; Volunteer hours can be substituted for the fee if income requirements are met. For more information, email Sandra Plazas at [email protected].

The Goodwill Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Institute is administrated by the nonprofit Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, and is part of Goodwill’s mission of providing life-changing opportunities toward independence for those with disabilities and disadvantages. For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit

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