Tuesday, September 16, 2003
Woman to Woman: Assets Miami Program
Ever dreamed of opening your own business? Of being your own boss? Well in tonight's Woman To Woman report, we're introducing you to some local women, who are telling their bosses to take this job and shove it, by making their dream come true.
(WSVN) -- "I know I can, be what I want to be."
From Sally Ride -- the first female in space...
To talk show host, Oprah Winfrey...
They're women who have dreamed big and done it.
But you don't have to go very far to find local women who are also making their dreams come true.
Business Owner, Veronica Brown says, "This feels good that at least I've taken initiative step to do something that I always wanted to do."
Veronica brown has cut hair for years, but now she's doing it in her very own beauty salon in homestead.
She says, "I think that when you come to a beauty salon, you're not only getting beautified, you're also being there to feel good."
B Dazzle Beauty Salon, nothing more than a dream for veronica up until a year ago, but thanks to the Assets Miami program that dream has become a reality...
And the program teaches you the skies the limits.
So Veronica says while she only has one station working right now, she's hoping to have all eight stations up and running by next year.
Veronica says, "When I look back to where I was and where I am now, that's a long distance."
Donna Jean Forster of Assets Miami says, "It's exciting for women to be branching out on their own and really realizing that they don't need to work for anybody else."
And that's happening thanks to the Assets Miami program -- held at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Allapattah.
The 11 week course teaches students everything they ever wanted to know about being an entrepreneur, including creating a business plan.
Donna Jean says, "It's wonderful to see the change in people from the first week to the 11th week, really that sense of I can do this myself and I am going to be successful."
Future Business Owner, Camille Harris says, "This one's from Kenya also."
Camille Harris is also a program graduate.
She's already created her business plan and is in touch with African artists, whose works she hopes to sell to the public.
Camille says, "It's not what you get from your chain stores and they're not going to shop in the chain stores for these same type of items."
Since the birth of her baby, Camille's had to push her start date back, but she, like the program's other graduates, are not giving up on their dream of being open for business.
Donna Jean says, "It is delightful to see people achieving their dreams."
Veronica says, "I took a leap out on faith and that leap out on faith, brought me a long ways."
So far, 15 entrepreneurs have graduated from the Assests Miami program, and another group has just started taking the course.
The program is for both women and men... And is taught by volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer or are interested in the course, check out the information below.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
ASSETS MIAMI offered by MIAMI URBAN MINISTRIES
2850 SW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33133