weVENTURE Receives $20,000 Grant from AARP Foundation

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weVENTURE One of Only Four Women’s Business Centers in the U.S to be Selected


MELBOURNE, FLA. (December1, 2016) – AARP Foundation has awarded a $20,000 grant to weVENTURE to conduct Work for [email protected]+â„  workshops in Central Florida. This national grant initiative is designed to help vulnerable older adults assess opportunities for self-employment, build skills, and connect with resources that will enable them to generate income by working for themselves.

weVENTURE, a Central Florida-based organization, launched at Florida Institute of Technology, focused on accelerating sustainable business growth for entrepreneurs, was one of only four Women’s Business Centers in the U.S. to be selected for this program.

“For many low-income older adults, self-employment and business ownership is an opportunity to change their future,” said AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson. “AARP Foundation is proud to work with organizations committed to helping older adults successfully run their own business. Our Work for [email protected]+ program is designed to enable older adults to pursue self-employment by connecting them with trustworthy resources in their own communities.”

“weVENTURE is honored to have been chosen to participate in this national program, which will benefit the local economy,” said weVENTURE Executive Director Erica Lemp. “We will launch the campaign locally and host our first workshop on Tuesday, December 6 in Palm Bay.”

Through a nationwide open request for proposals, AARP Foundation, with support from The Hartford, identified and then selected promising organizations in high-need communities to receive grant awards and implement the Work for [email protected]+ workshop model. The workshops help low-income adults over 50 understand the pros and cons of self-employment and support them through the early steps that can lead to success.

“The Hartford is excited to work together with AARP Foundation on the Work for [email protected]+ program, empowering mature adults to build on their potential and to prevail as independent entrepreneurs,” said Diane Cantello, head of Corporate Sustainability for The Hartford. “Self-employment creates small businesses that contribute to the stability and vitality of their local communities.”

Working with AARP Foundation, each grantee will:

  • Publicize Work for [email protected]+ resources and workshops to potential entrepreneurs
  • Host and facilitate a 90-minute introductory workshop, designed by AARP Foundation, to walk participants through Work for [email protected]+ materials
  • Connect program participants with local, accessible resources to help them take action on their income-generation plans

In addition to receiving grant funds, awardees will also participate in a community of practice and regular assessment to help build a body of knowledge about effective older-adult services and programs.

Creating and owning a business has long been heralded as a path to financial success and economic mobility; low-income older adults, however, face unique hurdles when re-entering the workforce in a nontraditional capacity. AARP Foundation and The Hartford’s investment in these grantees seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable populations by supporting and advancing effective solutions.

To get more information about weVENTURE program offerings, call 321-674-7007 or email [email protected]

To learn more about the Work for [email protected]+ initiative, please visit aarpfoundation.org/workforyourself or call 1-888-339-5617 to register for the December 6 workshop and receive a free toolkit and sign up for a local workshop.

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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 three Central Florida locations (Melbourne, Rockledge and Orlando) 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 AARP Foundation
AARP Foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, affordable housing, a steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds. We collaborate with individuals and organizations who share our commitment to innovation and our passion for problem-solving. Supported by vigorous legal advocacy, we create and advance effective solutions that help struggling older adults transform their lives. AARP Foundation is the affiliated charity of AARP.

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