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Business training class announces graduates

Business graduates include, seated from left, LaJean Browning-Smith, Judith Jenkins, Steven Carouthers and Leslie Carter; middle row, Wendy Roundy, Tammy Condron, Tina Haynes, Brenda Burnett and Joseph Vavala; back row, Rocky Fladstol and Matthew Burnett. Not pictured are Jessica Chapman, Marina Eller, Toril Eller, Pam Foster, Shannon French, Ellie and Jacob Galloway, Ernest Hudnall, Arthur Miller, James Ryan Modr, Walter Myers and Larry Pratt.
The largest class to date has completed the Middle Peninsula Business Development Partnership’s “Business Training Series.” The graduates completed 20 hours of classroom training toward the development of their enterprises.

The winter 2009 graduates include: LaJean Browning-Smith, Cross Street Coffee, Middlesex; Brenda Burnett, B.R.W. Burnett, Printing Services, Middlesex; Matthew Burnett, handyman, Middlesex; Steven Carouthers, Lawn Sculptors, Essex; Leslie Carter, Feeder Insects, Gloucester; Jessica Chapman, King William; Tammy Condron, Tiffany’s Pizzeria, Gloucester; Marina Eller, Massage Therapy, Gloucester; Toril Eller, More Healthy Solutions, Gloucester; Rocky Fladstol, Green Garage Outfitters, Gloucester; Pam Foster, Fostering Care At Home, Gloucester; Shannon French, Southern Trade Realty, Gloucester; Ellie Galloway, Virginia Senior Concierge LLC, Gloucester; Jacob Galloway, Red Hawk Properties Inc., Gloucester; Tina Haynes, Tina’s Bargains, Gloucester; Ernest Hudnall, Boat Detailing & Tree Pruning, Northumberland; Judith Jenkins, Divine Alternations, Gloucester; Arthur Miller, A.W. Miller, Gloucester; James Ryan Modr, Modr’s Service Center, King William; Walter Myers, Nate’s Trick Dog Cafe, Lancaster; Larry Pratt, Affordable H2O, Gloucester; Wendy Roundy, Photo Reflections by Wendy, Gloucester; Joseph P. Vavala, Vavala Earl Construction LLC, Middlesex.

The next Business Training Series will be held in September. Evening and weekend workshops will be offered on a variety of topics until the fall. For more information, visit

The Middle Peninsula Business Development Partnership (MPBDP) is a mission based non-profit organization providing training and technical assistance to hundreds of small business owners in the Middle Peninsula and has helped countless numbers of entrepreneurs obtain financing to start their business. After completing the comprehensive eight-session course, participants are better equipped to grow their business and will also be eligible to apply for small loans of up to $35,000. The MPBDP is also an approved technical assistance provider under the SBA Community Express Loan Program.

posted 04.06.2009

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