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CommunityWorks Opens 2017 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Nominations

Awards Will Celebrate Local Microbusinesses in June, Microbusiness Month

Greenville, SC | April 11, 2017 – Today, CommunityWorks (CW) announced the opening of its nominations for the 2017 Excellence in Entrepreneurship awards. Awards will be presented at the annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards Reception on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017. With June serving as Microbusiness Month statewide, four of the 2017 award categories are related to microbusiness.

Winners will be announced in late April. The five awards will be presented in the following categories:

  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Minority-Owned Microbusiness of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Microbusiness of the Year
  • Entrepreneurial Success Award
  • Microbusiness Champion of the Year

Microbusinesses, businesses with 5 or less employees, are often threatened by limited access to capital and disjointed business support systems. Seeking to better the situation, CW developed the Microbusiness Load Program to connect entrepreneurs with business coaching and capital to start or expand business in South Carolina. “Microbusinesses are critical to fostering a vibrant economy in our community,” said Deborah McKetty, president and CEO of CommunityWorks. “Since 2012, we have provided local entrepreneurs with loans totaling over 2.2 million. Our microbusinesses have provided over 139 jobs and participated in over 3,750 hours of business training to grow their skills and businesses. We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of our microbusinesses on June 6th.”

To review the nomination guidelines visit https://goo.gl/NcMJ80
To submit a nomination visit https://goo.gl/forms/3E5pab9eBemYr1w33
To learn more about CommunityWorks, visit their website http://communityworkscarolina.org/.

CommunityWorks was established in 2008 as a partnership between the City of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County and Greenville County Redevelopment Authority. This group worked together to support affordable housing and community development as a critical vehicle for fostering stable families and healthy communities. Since that time, CommunityWorks has transformed into a non-profit financial organization and certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that is committed to empowering people to become financially stable through financial education, lending and investing.