Opportunity Inc. Hosts Youth Franchise Summit

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Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads to Introduce Franchise Opportunities to Teens and Young Adults

Opportunity Inc. (OppInc.) today announced its Youth Franchise Summit—scheduled Saturday, April 9, 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., on the Virginia Beach campus of Tidewater Community College (TCC). Hosted by The Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads, the summit will provide a free opportunity for teens and young adults, ages 16-24, to hear from local franchise owners and gain meaningful insight on entrepreneurship.

“In response to the great generational shift and increased focus on entrepreneurship amongst millennials, it is important that we provide resources and innovative programs that align with current workforce trends,” said Shawn Avery, President & CEO of Opportunity Inc.  “We are pleased to host this event in partnership with SunTrust Foundation, FranNet, and TCC, and look forward to their continued support as we work to prepare the emerging workforce in Hampton Roads.”

As a kick-off to the summit, OppInc. will also host the Hampton Roads Franchise Leadership Reception where franchise owners and workforce development thought leaders will network and share best practices on sustaining and developing businesses in Hampton Roads. The reception will take place on Wednesday, April 6, 5:30p.m. to 7:30p.m., at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach.

Registration for the Youth Franchise Summit is free, and includes an exclusive job fair and raffle opportunities for two students to win a $1000 scholarship. Interested youth should register at http://www.myyouthcareercenter.org. Business owners or interested parties can RSVP for the complimentary Franchise Leadership Reception at http://www.franchisee.eventbrite.com.

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About the Youth Career Center of Hampton Roads
The Youth Career Center provides career guidance and workplace readiness training to South Hampton Roads youth ages 14-24. The YCCHR offers youth resources for financial literacy education, job preparation, and career exploration. For additional information, please visit http://www.myyouthcareercenter.org.

About Opportunity Inc.
OppInc. provides strategic workforce development solutions designed to assist businesses in accessing qualified workers and jobseekers in search of suitable job openings and training opportunities to bolster their earning potential. Established by the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach, as well as the counties of Isle of Wight and Southampton, Opportunity Inc. and the Hampton Roads Workforce Development Board oversees federally funded workforce development programs for South and Western Hampton Roads.  

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