Graduates of the 1st Women's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, LIT Multi-purpose Center.
Workforce Solutions, LIT graduate first Women's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Class
Workforce Solutions, in partnership with Lamar Institute of Technology,
recently graduated 31 women from its first Women's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp.
The eight-week course was made possible through a $28,700 grant from Texas Workforce Commission.
The course, which was offered in Spanish on Tuesday evening and in English on Thursday
evenings, consisted of seven modules which included topics such as Becoming a Legal Business,
Marketing, Small Business Finance, Customer Relationship Management, HR Essentials and How
to Write a Business Plan. The classes also featured several guest speakers including a social
media expert and a representative from the Small Business Development Center.
"I learned so much," participant Dorsha Cravin stated. "I wish I would have taken this
class five years ago, there was so much valuable information. The instructor and guest
speakers were awesome!"
Many of the Bootcamp participants had already started a business while several others
where still in the planning phases. Businesses created by the participants included
restaurants, hair and beauty salons, graphic design services, wedding accessories
stores, and more.
Instructor Luciana Paulise with Biztorming also had her students prepare presentation
for graduation day. The Spanish language class developed a marketing plan to help promote
future Women's Entrepreneurship Bootcamps whereas the English language class presented
on the various topics they learned about throughout the course and how it applies to a business.
During the graduation ceremony held on December 2, 2019, at the LIT Paul and Connie Szuch
Multi-Purpose Center, all participants who successfully completed the course received a
certificate of completion as well as a portfolio and notebook.
For more information regarding the Women's Entrepreneurship Bootcamp please contact
Lauren Van Gerven at 409-719-4756.