Florida Tech-Based Organization Welcomes Former CareerSource Brevard Manager
MELBOURNE, FLA. (October 18, 2016) – Erica Lemp is the new executive director of weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization launched at Florida Institute of Technology and focused on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs.
Lemp, who started in mid-October, comes to weVENTURE after serving as CareerSource Brevard’s community resources manager for the past two years and program planning officer for four years. Prior to her time at CareerSource, Lemp was LEAD Brevard’s senior director of programs and events, and was with the organization for six years overall.
In addition to her professional experience, Lemp has served on many boards, including, Brevard Schools Foundation and Family Promise of Brevard, and as United Way’s Emerging Leaders chair.
Lemp has also been a long-time supporter of weVENTURE, participating in the organization’s IGNITE 360 Business Mentoring Program as a mentor and facilitator.
Lemp succeeds Beth Gitlin, who left the organization in late September to fulfill educational pursuits. She led weVENTURE for more than four years and helped grow business its mentoring programs significantly. Since the beginning of 2015, weVENTURE helped to start 32 new businesses.
“We are truly fortunate to have Erica take the helm at weVENTURE,” said weVENTURE Board Chair Tim Muth. “I know her expertise and passion for business will take the organization to a new level even as she continues to grow and advance programming and resources for Central Florida’s entrepreneurial community.”
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work with this stellar, growing organization, backed by one of the nation’s best universities, Florida Tech,” Lemp said. “I look forward to working with many of this area’s successful business owners to help them grow their ventures and continue to strengthen the local economy.”
To learn more about weVENTURE and its services, please visit weventure.org/.
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weVENTURE (formerly the Women’s Business Center), launched in 2007 at Florida Institute of Technology, accelerates growth for entrepreneurs by providing customized coaching, business education, mentorship and networking programs. weVENTURE has two Central Florida locations (Melbourne and Rockledge) and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. For more information, or to register for weVENTURE courses and mentorship programs visit www.weventure.org or call 321-674-7007.
About Florida Institute of Technology
Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. PayScale.com ranks graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities, and lists Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South—both public and private. The university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier 1 Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. In 2016, Times Higher Education ranked Florida Tech one of the top 20 small universities in the world and named it one of the top universities in the United States. Florida Tech offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, cybersecurity, psychology, communication and education. Find additional information at www.fit.edu.