Builders + Backers and EDPA provide workshops on entrepreneurship

Free workshops will be offered throughout the year

Builders + Backers has partnered with the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama to offer free workshops on entrepreneurship. Innovate Alabama and the Alabama Community College System are supporting the effort.

“We, and our partners at the EDPA, know that people all across Alabama have ideas that hold the potential to become new businesses of all shapes and sizes,” said Donna Harris, CEO of Builders + Backers. “By offering these free, fun and informative workshops all over the state, we hope many of them will take the crucial first steps to putting their promising ideas into action.”

Starting in February and continuing throughout the year, Builders + Backers will host a series of 15 workshops throughout the state. The three-hour sessions are designed to equip participants with the skills required to conceptualize, develop and launch their own entrepreneurial ideas. The fun, collaborative exercises and discussions will allow residents to actively participate in the learning process, while instilling confidence and providing practical tools to bring ideas to fruition.

“As we continue to build Alabama’s ecosystem for entrepreneurs, we are thrilled to partner with an organization like Builders + Backers, which has experience in reaching potential founders and delivering entrepreneurship education throughout the country,” said Miller Girvin, executive vice president of innovation and talent at EDPA.

Residents have the option to join virtually or in-person at select community college locations. In-person workshops will be held in Alabaster, Alexander City, Anniston, Athens, Daphne, Dothan, Enterprise, Florence, Fort Payne, Gadsden, Jasper, Phenix City, Prattville, Selma and Troy.

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Builders + Backers invests in entrepreneurs through its proprietary programming to inspire and equip people to seize the opportunities of the digital era — from experimentation and solving problems in local communities to starting new ventures that could scale.

The EDPA is headed by a board of directors comprised of business leaders who are committed to the economic growth of Alabama. It supports economic research, workforce development, talent retention and attraction, innovation and entrepreneurship, policy, lead generation and emerging businesses and community development initiatives. 

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