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Welcome to the Cleveland Encore Entrepreneur Initiative(EEI) Application
"Encore Entrepreneurs" (women 50 and older) are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners. If you are woman aged 50+, then entrepreneurship can offer an opportunity for you to use your knowledge, passion, life, and professional experience toward creating a small business of your own.

The Cleveland Encore Entrepreneur Initiative (EEI) program is a cohort of 10 - 15 female entrepreneurs aged 50+ who are looking to blaze a new trail by starting or expanding a small business. The program includes the following, and allows participants to complete a business plan.

Program includes:
• Orientation
• Financial Literacy Workshop
• Marketing for Business
• Small Enterprise Education Development (S.E.E.D.)
• Access to Capital Panel
• 1-on-1 Coaching
• Membership to the Women's Business Center

Applications are due by midnight the evening of April 8th. Accepted participants will be notified by April 10th. The program to begin Wednesday evenings April 17th and conclude the evening of June 5th .

**All sessions will be held at ECDI: 7000 Euclid Ave. Suite 203 Cleveland Oh, 44103.**

Scroll down to see program timeline and begin the application form. Please direct any questions to Nicole Liatos at (216)912-5667 or

Funding provided by the Cleveland Foundation for the EEI program is designed to assist economically disadvantaged female entrepreneurs through training, one-on-one coaching , and access to capital.

We will never share or sell any information collected during the application process—it will be used solely to select program participants and contact applicants.

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