Headlines — 27 October 2014
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Florida Tech to Open Women’s Business Center in Orlando Area

Leslie Hielema

The award-winning Women’s Business Center at Florida Tech will launch an Orlando-area operation early next year after receiving $750,000 in funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Central Florida Women’s Business Center (CFWBC) will serve Lake, Orange, Osceola, Volusia and Seminole counties and be centrally located.

“We applied for this grant because of the strong support and encouragement we received from the community,” said Leslie Hielema, vice president of Florida Tech’s Central Florida facility, the Orlando Center. “Entrepreneurs and small businesses are the economic engine of our region and the mission of this new Women’s Business Center will be to increase the impact of those companies.”

The CFWBC is expected to open in the first-quarter 2015. It will be structured to drive economic development goals that are aligned with key emerging industry clusters in the Central Florida region. Areas of focus will include access to access to capital and financial fluency; starting and growing a technology or science company; and mentoring girls and women in STEM careers.

The Women’s Business Center is currently seeking community partners to provide matching funds and support for the Orlando-area facility.

For more information, contact Hielema at lhielema@fit.edu or (407) 629-7132.

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