Entrepreneurs with disabilities are about to get a helping hand. The College of Lake County Personal Success Program (CLC-PSP) is about to offer a series of two classes aimed at teaching entrepreneurship skills. The first class is “Introduction to Entrepreneurship”. It is followed by “Business Plan Writing”. Each class costs $350. There will be an open house dealing specifically with the Entrepreneurship series on August 27, 2013, at the Grayslake Campus of CLC, from 6-8pm. Pre-registration is encouraged.
A business plan is central to developing an enterprise that actually makes money and can be taken seriously by others. Investors and customers like tangible evidence a business has been thought through – a business plan does that. This class is different from others because that it targets the needs of entrepreneurs with disabilities. It addresses customized self-employment, micro-enterprise and other topics that are specific to disability.
In addition, students in the entrepreneurship class will be encouraged to bring a mentor along as a class participant, perhaps a parent. This individual is likely to assist with the creation of the enterprise and remain committed to its success. The attendance of two individuals is covered in the fee, in recognition of the need for committed partners.
This self-employment program came together whan a group of like-minded agencies and individuals came together to explore options. Dubbed The Lake County Area Entrepreneurship Initiative (LCAEI), the principal organizing agencies include: the College of Lake County (CLC), the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives (IAMC) , the Lake County Center for Independent Living (LCCIL), the Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL), TheNemoNews.com, The University of Illinois at Chicago and Vocational Rehabilitation.
The initiative was sparked by the efforts of Dr. Fabricio Balcazar at UIC. He is working with federal and state agencies to develop other such projects in the Chicago area.
The initiative is expected to announce other activities that are currently in the planning stages. For more information, contact the project coordinator, Mary Curran Rhodes at firstname.lastname@example.org.