I-CARE Inc. to launch entrepreneur/small business outreach program with $10K in prize money

Posted at 3:42 PM on Apr 2, 2019


Special to SVLfreenews.com

I-CARE Inc. Community Action Partnership and the N.C. Community Action Association have partnered to launch The Entrepreneur/Small Business Outreach Program (ESBOP) to recruit aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking to launch a new product or service.

The aspiring entrepreneurs with the best pitches will compete for $10,000 in prize money to help launch their businesses.

The program is open to low-income residents of Iredell and Alexander counties. Participants may also be the parent of a child currently enrolled in the Catawba County I-CARE Head Start program.

Applicants will be screened and reduced to 15 to 20 participants. The deadline to apply is April 10 and the classes begin April 13.

Participants must commit to meeting one Saturday a month for 10 weeks, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Statesville Civic Center and City of Statesville Parks & Recreation Center. The 11th week is the Pitch Competition.

“We want to encourage and reward the entrepreneurial spirit of low-income people," said Bryan Duncan, excutive director of I-CARE. "This is an excellent opportunity for aspiring entrepreneurs to launch their own business.”

Entrepreneurs impact jobs and economic growth. The $10,000 prize money can go a long way toward helping launch a small business and/or assisting someone to move past their current circumstances to change their future.

“During the 10 weeks, participants will develop and fine-tune their business ideas, map out their next steps using real-time customer feedback, learn valuable management and marketing skills and receive constructive feedback from advisers, peers and local businesses," explained LeRoy Thompson, the program director.

By the end of the program, participants will have their own business plan and the 11th week will culminate in a Pitch Competition where the best business idea wins $10,000 to help launch the business.


To enroll and learn more about the program, visit www.icare2dream.com; call LeRoy Thompson Consultants at (865)363-2004; or contact Shelton Moore at shelton.Moore@icare-inc.org.


I-CARE Inc. is a non-profit, anti-poverty organization serving the low-income population of Iredell, Catawba, Lincoln, and Alexander counties. There are 34 Community Action Agencies serving all 100 counties of North Carolina.

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