Lowcountry Local First’s Good Enterprises initiative welcomes 24 students into first Community Business Academy in North Charleston

Raquel Padgett (left)

When asked what she is most excited about for her entrepreneurial journey through Lowcountry Local First’s inaugural Community Business Academy, current student Shonica shared, “I am most excited about the knowledge I will gain, the rapport that will be established with future business men and women, and the connections that will get my husband and I closer to our dream.” Her classmate Harry added, “I am most excited for all of the things that we will learn and for all the connections I will make. I am very grateful for this class.”

Lowcountry Local First’s (LLF) has begun hosting its first 12-week Community Business Academy of Good Enterprises, a new initiative that launched in September 2019. Good Enterprises is a catalyst for reshaping the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to one that provides equitable opportunity for business ownership, in order to transform lives and communities. Three program phases walk current and aspiring entrepreneurs through a Community Business Academy, followed by a year-round suite of one-on-one tailored Business Acceleration Services, and an optional Credit to Capital program when graduates are ready to pursue financial or investment opportunities.

“The excitement of walking into a room filled with 24 eager students every week is wonderfully indescribable and fulfilling,” says Program Director, Raquel Padgett. “The first few weeks of class have been incredible, and I’m honored to serve each student as we continue on the entrepreneurial journey together.”

“I want to feel like I’ve accomplished this course to the best of my ability, and ready to take on any challenge that this business brings my way,” says current student Donald when asked how he envisions he will feel on graduation day this coming January.

Good Enterprises implements the curriculum and award-winning business-simulation model created by the Rising Tide Capital program based in New Jersey which serves more than 600 entrepreneurs per year, with an 87% survival rate beyond the five-year mark. Scholarships are available and all experience levels are welcome to apply for this program, whether the business exists or is in the early idea-phase.

Program inquiries are now being accepted for the Spring 2020 Community Business Academy which will begin in mid-February. All applicants are required to attend one information session. To register, complete a program inquiry form online at goodenterprises.org.

  • Nov 14th, 2019 – 6 – 7:30 p.m. – 1630 Meeting St, Building 2, Charleston
  • Dec 12th, 2019 – 6 – 7:30 p.m. – 1630 Meeting St, Building 2, Charleston

Visit GoodEnterprises.org to learn more, or contact Raquel Padgett, at Raquel@lowcountrylocalfirst.org or by calling 843-212-6298.

Program partners include the South Carolina Department of Commerce, Greystar, Charleston County Economic Development, Bank of America, Singing for Change Charitable Foundation, Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, and Rising Tide Capital.

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