ECIER Foundation delivers entrepreneurial experience to area youth

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THE MAYOR OF Gary, Karen Freeman-Wilson introduced the idea of doing business with the City of Gary to the ECIER entrepreneur students as her presentation.

ECIER Foundation hosts monthly workshops for students enrolled in their program that empowers and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship.

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson shared valuable information on how entrepreneurs can do business with the City of Gary. During her recent workshop hosted at City Hall she shared the current economic climate of Gary as it pertains to businesses in our community, the largest revenue producing segment in the region, the unique aspect of Gary and what makes it attractive to a particular industry or company, City of Gary programs currently being used to promote local economic development to attract new corporations and entrepreneurs along with future planned programs.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE monthly ECIER Foundation workshop learn from the guest presenter businessman, Dwayne Walker, who is also an ECIER board member.
PARTICIPANTS IN THE monthly ECIER Foundation workshop learn from the guest presenter businessman, Dwayne Walker, who is also an ECIER board member.

Dwayne Walker, owner of Chicagoland popcorn and ECIER board member hosted a workshop at Chicagoland Popcorn sharing his entrepreneurial success for the next generation. Walker also shar-ed his story from humble beginnings to corporate to now a successful growing company that he co-owns with his wife Mogda. Chicagoland Popcorn is an amazing company that offers 250 flavors of popcorn to guests that frequent his shop.

“Our goal is to continue to provide amazing and awesome opportunities for our youth,” said Chareice White founder and Chairman of the Board. “Each time our students experience something new, we want it to motivate them to desire more out of life.”

The ECIER Foundation was created to educate, empower and equip youth to realize their potential and achieve their dreams. As part of the program, students are required to attend innovative entrepreneurial workshops focused on developing their academic, creative and leadership skills.

For more information, visit www.ecier.org.

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