Dream Team

This story features a unique partnership between the Bryan School, Greensboro’s Interactive Resource Center and two retired businessmen who teamed up to help those struggling with homelessness by fostering their entrepreneurial dreams. Each semester, students in Dr. Channelle James’ social entrepreneurship class work in small groups to help homeless entrepreneurs define a market, create business plans, set pricing and develop marketing collateral such as business cards and web sites. Then the students and entrepreneurs present their work to a team that decides whether to back the plans with small loans – generally $150 to $300. The entrepreneurs are expected to set up a payment plan to repay the loans. The entrepreneurs get a boost, and, as we discovered, the students get even more.

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