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Congratulations and New Beginnings for Class 85

Posted on 12/2/2019 by EDTP Coordinator in LAEDA News

Camden, NJ- On November 13, 2019, entrepreneurs of class 85 had their last Entrepreneurial Development Training Program (EDTP) class. In this class, participants highlight what was learned, Ah-ha moments, favorite class, and biggest challenges while working to complete the program. The graduates also spoke about how keeping in touch with not only one another but also LAEDA was important.

Jamila Powell, WBC Program Manager set the tone for the night by stating, “Even though this is the last class; it is only the beginning because now you put together all the pieces of your business plan and begin your entrepreneurial journey.”

Raymond L. Lamboy, President & Chief Executive Officer congratulated the class for completing the program and for all the hard work and dedication each entrepreneur put in. “The people in this class are now your network and keeping in touch with your network is important because this helps you get support from one another through both tough and pleasant times.”

While participants spoke about what they learned as well as memorable moments, there was a theme amongst them all with regards to biggest challenges.  The significant challenge that stood out amongst the class was being able to get through the classes and complete the program while balancing all of life’s challenges.  Although this was an issue for most, they all believed they had a support system including their peers, instructors, LAEDA staff members, and counselors. Having a great support system can help many entrepreneurs stay on track while learning to balance all the stresses and challenges of life.

To effectively create and run a business, entrepreneurs must stay connected, use resources, and work on the journey each and every day. More importantly, having a mentor(s) to help guide one through the entrepreneurial journey makes the process easier. When Mr. Lamboy asked the question, “Does the picture reflect the light at the end of the tunnel or the train about to run you over?”, it is the hope that graduates of EDTP class 85 will see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is vital to have a mentor and support system that can be a beacon of light on the journey to entrepreneurship. “You are all part of our LAEDA family and our doors are always open for you. Even if you fall, we are here to pick you back up because we want to support you,” Annabel Soto, Office Administrator, expresses to the class.

At the end of the night, everyone ate, listened to music, captured memories through pictures and made valuable connections.

LAEDA offers seminars and short-term course in various counties of South Jersey throughout the year. A long term course is also offered three times per year where entrepreneurs receive 72+ hours of training from industry professionals, business planning, and business counseling. The program is free, but you must qualify.

LAEDA welcomes you to join our community of successful entrepreneurs. Visit our website at www.laeda.com or call (856) 338-1177 to learn more.