Swisher, in conjunction with the University of North Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI), has announced the establishment of a new program that will support underrepresented entrepreneurs in their pursuit of their individual business goals. The program, named the Swisher Startup for Underrepresented Entrepreneurs and reinforces Swisher’s commitment to inclusion and diversity, as well as CEI’s commitment to supporting early-stage companies and entrepreneurs in Northeast Florida and the surrounding area.
John Miller, president of Swisher, issued the following statement about the new program and partnership: “Swisher has joined corporate America in addressing racial inequality not just within our own organization, but throughout our community. Our partnership with UNF underscores our commitment to civic participation, and our firm belief in encouraging entrepreneurship opportunities for innovators and entrepreneurs from all walks of life.”
Dr. Richard Buttimer, Dean of the UNF Coffin College of Business, added: “We are very appreciative of this commitment by Swisher that will allow more underrepresented members of our community the opportunity to pursue goals of being their own entrepreneur and business owner.”
Alexandria Deal, Swisher’s manager of diversity, inclusion and transformation, also added: “Our commitment to this exciting entrepreneurship opportunity with our partners at UNF is just one part of our strategy of helping create change within our business and in our community. Together with UNF, we are pleased to be able to address and create meaningful and lasting social change.”