Garner Economic Development Annual Report 2022 - Page 6

GARNER SMALL BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP

TAKES OFF WITH LAUNCH GARNER

Garner Economic Development is pleased to announce that the inaugural cohort of the Launch Garner program graduated in November 2021 . Thirteen entrepreneurs finished the intensive 10-week program and celebrated their accomplishment at a private graduation ceremony .
Many of the graduates were already in business while others were in the process of starting a new venture . Their businesses represented a wide range of industries , including health care , business services , marketing , education , food trucks , and tourism . The Launch Garner advisory board recruited local business leaders to be paired with the students for six months of mentoring after graduation . All students also have the opportunity to receive additional free training through Wake Tech and a yearlong membership to the Garner Chamber of Commerce .
This program was made possible at no cost to the students by the generous support from Wake Tech , Garner Economic Development Corporation , Downtown Garner Association , the Garner Rotary clubs , and the Garner Chamber of Commerce . The next cohort of Launch Garner begins in September 2022 .
2021 LAUNCH GARNER GRADUATING CLASS
Back Row ( L to R ): Brian Henderson , Susan Beavers , Alfred Camano , Sean Allen , Antonio Dunn , Dr . Larry Woods ( Wake Tech ), Mary Smalling , Tasha Regina-McNeill Simpson , Michelle Winstead .
Front Row ( L to R ): Sherry Rumph , Jerusha Allen , Katie Gailes ( Wake Tech ), Belinda Madujibeya , Laina Marie Yeisley ( Not Pictured : Jeanne Pearce )