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Photo Left to Right: Erica Joseph, President Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore, Joe Giordano, Founder Project Opportunity, Gregory Padgham, Executive Director Tri-County Council for Lower Eastern Shore, Heather Mahler, Program Director Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

SALISBURY, MD., February 20, 2019 – Project Opportunity, an entrepreneurship training program for active military and veterans in the State of Maryland, announced today that it has received $1,300 grant from the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore to conduct two workshops for Project Opportunity graduates, veteran small business owners, and agencies and organizations that support veteran activities and programs.

These two workshops will assist agencies and organizations that serve veterans by providing information, tips, and guidance to improve their grant writing skills and to provide Project Opportunity graduates and veteran small business owners with improved knowledge of Social Media and how to utilize it to grow their business.

“The Community Foundation is excited to support Project Opportunity and the veterans it serves,” states Community Foundation President Erica Joseph. “Grants like this have a ripple effect through our community – providing training, business growth, and economic impact in our region.”

 “Funding for Project Opportunity is key to our success in supporting military personnel transitioning to the business world as they learn what it takes to start their own businesses,” said Army Master Sgt. (retired) and founder of Project Opportunity, Joe Giordano. “We are very grateful to the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore for their generous grant to help us do just that.”

Established 2010, Project Opportunity has graduated more than 200 military personnel and veterans from classes in the Eastern Shore, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Prince George’s and St Mary’s counties and Baltimore City.


About Project Opportunity

Project Opportunity is a free entrepreneurship training program for active military and veterans who want to start their own businesses. The ten-week (30 hour) intensive course is designed to prepare veterans to research and complete a business plan. Founded on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 2010, Project Opportunity has since expanded to Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Prince George’s and St Mary’s counties and Baltimore City.  Contributions from county economic development authorities, local banks and private foundations help ensure that the classes are free to veteran participants.