A Message from the Executive Director:

It is my pleasure to welcome you to weVENTURE at Florida Institute of Technology!

Our goal is to provide you, as a small business owner or potential small business owner, with the tools you need to assist you in achieving the American dream - owning your own business.

weVENTURE offers a wide range of programs and services to support the economic prosperity of our community through the growth of small businesses. We offer a customized business mentoring program called IGNITE 360, business coaching and one-on-one counseling sessions, business education workshops, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.

We invite all women entrepreneurs and those just thinking about becoming entrepreneurs to come explore all the benefits of weVENTURE. We also encourage everyone in the community to support our efforts by donating to our fundraising efforts, as well as their time and expertise.

Small business is the backbone of economic development in the United States. More than half of all new jobs created are due to small business. Women-owned small businesses have grown twice the rate of all U.S. privately-held firms between 1997 and 2006 according to the National Women's Business Council. These women-owned firms employ over 12.8 million people, generating $1.9 trillion in sales. Yet with that growth, profits have only grown by 10%. This demonstrates the barriers that are still in place for women-owned small businesses. Recently, msnbc.com listed the Melbourne-Palm Bay area as one of the bottom five cities in the United States for women executives and women-owned small businesses. It is our goal to change that statistic for not only Brevard, but Indian River and St. Lucie counties as well.

Join us as we revolutionize women-owned small businesses in our community.

Erica Lemp