The Geoffrey H. Palmer Center for Entrepreneurship and the Law launched the latest group of entrepreneurs to complete the 24-week micro-enterprise program. A ceremony at the Villa Graziadio Executive Center on the Malibu campus in April celebrated the successes of each of the 14 entrepreneurs. Howard Spunt, cofounder of Landmark Retail Group, served as keynote speaker.
The program, which began as a 12-week set of courses in 2010, hosted individuals from the Los Angeles-based Union Rescue Mission; Hope Gardens, a shelter for women and children; and Upward Bound House. The focus of the program is to provide each entrepreneur-in-training with personal, professional, and entrepreneurial skills. With the assistance of student mentors from each of the five Pepperdine schools, each candidate was taught basic techniques of management, marketing, accounting, and business planning.
Each entrepreneur presented their business plan to members of the community, and to Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff at the April 19 event. They will continue to work with mentors in the coming months as their businesses are introduced to the public.
"The Palmer Center's microenterprise program is a wonderful example of the University's mission at work," observed Vice Dean Tim Perrin. "Through our partnership with the Union Rescue Mission, men and women who are seeking a new start are given training in business and hope for a better life. It is inspirational to see these aspiring entrepreneurs prepared for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. We wish them every success."