FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Learn About Successful Program that Fosters Entrepreneurship
October 23 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at Comerica Bank in Sarasota

BRADENTON- Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO) supports budding entrepreneurs by delivering technical assistance and resources needed to start and grow a business. The program, now in its ninth year, has resulted in 15 classes and 168 graduates of which 20 percent are in part or full-time business. Of the remaining graduates who have remained in contact, the majority plan to start a business in the future.

Learn more about CEO’s successes, investing in this program and supporting entrepreneurship on October 23 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Comerica Bank located at 1830 S. Osprey Avenue in Sarasota. For more information and to RSVP by October 21, contact Patrick Smith at 941-714-7449 ext. 3154 or psmith@careersourcesc.com.

About Community Entrepreneur Opportunity (CEO)

The CEO program started with assistance from SCORE, Sarasota Chamber, SBDC at Manatee Technical Institute, CareerSource Suncoast, City of Sarasota (Newtown/North Sarasota Redevelopment), and Comerica Bank CRA to attract local talent needed by the area’s economy and its businesses.  Most classes are filled by word of mouth – a good success indicator – and a number of graduates continue to be in contact with their trainer/counselor. Comerica Bank provided initial funding and support and has continued to today. SunTrust and Chase have also provided funding.

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About CareerSource Suncoast: CareerSource Suncoast is a non-profit dedicated to providing education and tools for employers and job seekers regarding workforce and training. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request by individuals with disabilities via the Florida Relay System by calling TTY/TDD 711.