Suncoast Community Capital Invites Business Owners Seeking Personalized Coaching to Apply for UEP, a Kauffman Foundation Program

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SARASOTA, FL –  Sarasota and Manatee County business owners interested in receiving personalized coaching to grow an existing business may now apply for admission into the second round of “UEP on the Suncoast”, a coaching partnership between Suncoast Community Capital (SCC) and the Urban Entrepreneur Partnership (UEP), a program of the Kauffman Foundation.  Kauffman is the world’s largest foundation devoted to entrepreneurship. Applications are now available at www.uepkauffman.org/suncoast.

Eligible applicants for the coaching initiative will either have an idea for a business, or be currently operating a for-profit or non-profit business (excluding religious or political organizations) in either county. Businesses that show the greatest potential to quickly improve profitability and create jobs will be prioritized for selection.  Approximately 48 entrepreneurs will be served annually, and the current application period will select approximately 12 applicants for the second round of coaching, which will commence in mid-July.

The UEP is a premium business solution, distinguished by a unique and innovative one-to-one business coaching model designed to produce rapid return on investment. Its mission is to deliver world-class coaching in a cost-effective manner that assists the client in adjusting quickly to a fluid marketplace.

“UEP on the Suncoast” takes a unique and personalized approach in supporting its entrepreneurs. UEP’s one-to-one coaching, comprehensive and customized educational plan, and real-time data collection assists entrepreneurs at any stage of business development to grow into thriving companies. “UEP on the Suncoast” connects clients to a network of coaches selected for their outstanding business and industry acumen and expertise.

Unlike traditional consultants, UEP coaches commit to a long-term client engagement, allowing for a rigorous business assessment used to develop a customized business solution. Clients and coaches are matched according to industry and core competencies, ensuring that clients receive specialized coaching targeted to optimize organizational profitability and job-creating potential.

For information on the nine companies selected for the first round of “UEP on the Suncoast” coaching, please visit http://www.suncoastcc.com/ueponthesuncoast.html. The “UEP on the Suncoast” office is located at 5901 North Honore Avenue, Suite 120, Sarasota, FL 34243 at IntegraClick’s company headquarters.

“Suncoast Community Capital shares UEP’s belief in the entrepreneurial spirit and its ability to unleash imagination, create opportunities, reinvent the market, rebuild communities and transform the world,” stated Mike Kennedy, SCC’s President and CEO.

For more information, contact Mike Kennedy at 941.744.2666, Ext. 1 or mike.kennedy@suncoastcc.com.

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