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2011 Project OpportunitySM Graduation, Eastern Shore

EASTERN SHORE 2011 CLASS – On November 16, we held the second annual Project OpportunitySM Eastern Shore Class. The Graduation ceremony for eleven veterans who completed the 10 week Entrepreneurship Boot Camp training.

Each graduate of this training program completed a business plan and are now prepared to take the next step in their dream to own and operate a small business. Topics that were covered during the course included discussions on Marketing and Analysis Planning, the 4 P’s (Product, Price, Placement, and Promotion), Managing Money, Financial Tips and Tools, Networking, Government Regulations, Management, Web Sites and Social Media, and Procurement Opportunities for Veteran Business Owners. Each session was supplemented by presentations from subject matter experts such as a lawyer, CPA, business bankers, commercial insurance agent, and a federal contracting program manager.

The guest speaker for the ceremony was Secretary Edward Chow, Jr., Secretary of the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs who spoke about opportunities available for veterans as well as why veterans are successful small business owners.

Each graduate gave a summary of their business plan and were awarded a certificate of completion.

Funding for this class provided by the following sponsors.

  • American Legion Wicomico Post No 64
  • Bank of America Foundation
  • BB&T Bank
  • Delmar VFW Memorial Post 8276
  • Lower Shore Workforce Alliance
  • M&T Charitable Foundation
  • Meuse VFW Post 194
  • Rural Development Center at UMES (Maryland Hawk Corp.)

Special Thanks to the Following:

Special thanks to Pepsi Bottling Ventures for donating refreshments for the Graduation Ceremony.

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