Entrepreneur Magazine Recognizes Disney Entrepreneur Center as Valuable Resource for Small Businesses in Orlando
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., August 14, 2009 – Entrepreneur Magazine’s August issue names Orlando as one of the “Top 10 Best Cities to Start a Business” and gives kudos to the Disney Entrepreneur Center for its efforts in mentoring small-business owners and directing them to the right resources.
“We are unbelievably fortunate to have community leadership that is creative, open to partnerships, and willing to give a new idea or a new business an opportunity,” says Jerry Ross, executive director of the Disney Entrepreneur Center.
Founded in 2003, the Disney Entrepreneur Center is a one-of-a-kind resource available to any small business in Central Florida and provides access to a variety of business resources, technology, research tools and support organizations. Since its inception, the center has facilitated $125,000,000 in small business loans, coached and trained 70,000 businesses and assisted with 700 new business start-ups.
According to Ross, the secret to growth isn’t in luring companies from out of state but is taking care to cultivate what you already have through “economic gardening.”
To learn more about the Disney Entrepreneur Center, visit http://www.disneyec.com.
Disney Cruise Line Salutes Earth Day by Honoring Winners of Disney’s Environmentality Challenge in Grand Cayman
GRAND CAYMAN, (April 21, 2009) – (PR) Disney Cruise Line honored the top prize winners of Disney’s EnvironmentalityTM Challenge (DEC) educational program today in an awards ceremony aboard the Disney Magic cruise ship. Taking place during a weeklong celebration of Earth Day, the event showcased local students’ contributions to promote conservation and protect the environment.
Students honored at the celebration were winners of the 2008-2009 DEC class project competition and are part of teachers Willean Hill and Tasha Miller’s Year 6 class from George Town Primary School on Grand Cayman.
Through their project titled “Environmental Stewardship Programme,” students created an informational brochure with environmental tips, translating it into several languages for distribution to fellow students, local residents and tourists visiting the Cayman Islands. They also organized a beach cleanup to rid the shoreline of debris and litter and created their own George Town Primary environmental blog to keep the community informed of their progress. Throughout the program, the group explored environmental issues by combining classroom subjects such as math, science and language arts in addition to educating and engaging the local community.