The Empowerment Fund Greensboro

The Empowerment Fund Greensboro is an innovative program that support unemployed and under employed entrepreneurs as they develop small ventures.

Guests experiencing homelessness at the IRC are invited to participate in this program. Participants will attend scheduled workshops that focus on entrepreneurship and developing a sound business model.  Participants will work with a team of UNCG School of Business students to develop a name, logo, marketing materials and business plan for their venture. At the end of the program, participants present their plan to a small panel, and some will be awarded micro-loans to fund their project.

Successful previous projects have been a house cleaning business, a small lawn care business, two craft businesses, and more.

This program is based off the UNCG semester system. Watch the IRC calendar and Facebook Page for announcements when it starts (typically in February for the Spring semester and in October for Fall semester).

Questions regarding the program should be directed to Professor Channelle James at



4 Responses to The Empowerment Fund Greensboro

  1. Pearlie Williams says:


    • Hello Pearlie,

      The IRC is funded through a variety of means- we are careful to diversify our funding to increase our stability. More than half of our funding comes from individuals donors- a fact that we are very proud of because it represents our broad community support. Other major support comes from the City of Greensboro and Guilford County, as well as a wide range of corporate and family foundations, faith institutions, and other groups.

  2. HOWARD GRAY says:

    Hi, please update your websites Empowerment Fund section. It still says that the classes are “coming”. I attend the classes, which are great in giving individuals the basic business fundamentals on how to start there own business.

    Thank you, and I hope that you have a great day!
    Howard Gray

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