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Recent Graduates from Inaugural ECU/MWBE Business Skills Boot Camp.

City of Greenville and ECU Conclude MWBE Boot Camp

GREENVILLE, N.C. — The City of Greenville’s Minority and Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) and East Carolina University recently held a graduation ceremony for the first ever class of the MWBE Business Skills Boot Camp. The ceremony was in the Bate Building on the East Carolina University campus.

The MWBE Business Skills Boot Camp is an initiative designed for aspiring and existing minority and women entrepreneurs to enhance their business and financial management skills. Businesses that participated in this year’s Boot Camp included Elect Builders, Sharpe’s Electrical, Clean Touch Pressure Washing, Wizard Clean, Aging and Ability Care, and First Merchant Bankcard Services.

The City collaborated with ECU’s Miller School of Entrepreneurship and ECU professor Ericka Lawrence for the Boot Camp, which was held each Tuesday in May. Participants learned valuable information about business development, marketing, local government contacts and general accounting. Additionally, it helped local businesses take advantage of resources found at ECU and within the greater Greenville community.

“This is important because developing better businesses will help the City of Greenville compete effectively within our region and statewide,” City of Greenville MWBE Coordinator Ferdinand Rouse said. “This first installment of the Business Skills Boot Camp is a great start and we look forward to adding more portions and businesses to it in the future.”

MWBE Boot Camp is a community partnership between the City and ECU in response to the University's mission to create transformational regional impact and to further the City's mission to create a steady pipeline of diverse firms ready and willing to engage in public contracting. Anticipated outcomes for participants include increased firm performance, an increased likelihood of receiving funding from lenders, and a strengthened pool of viable MWBEs to bid on contracts with the City of Greenville.

For more information about the MWBE Boot Camp, please contact Ferdinand Rouse at 252.329.4462 or frouse@greenvillenc.gov.

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