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Spirit Of Faith Christian Center And Prince George's Economic Development Corporation Kick Off Partnership At 'Moving Mountains Small Business And Job Seeker Summit'

Photo (l. to r.): Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and Jim Coleman, President and CEO of the Prince George's Economic Development CorporationBrandywine, MD, February 8, 2016 - On Saturday, Pastor Mike Freeman, the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 'Moved Mountains', making way for super natural abundance, for more than 200 entrepreneurs and job seekers who flocked to the Moving Mountains: Small Business and Job Seekers Summit. This high impact Summit kicked off a partnership between the Spirit of Faith and the EDC to remove barriers to success by raising awareness about business building resources and job opportunities. The event marks the first stop on the EDC's 'Activate Prosperity' Tour, a year-long campaign to share the EDC's portfolio of services and programs to the community in order to promote economic empowerment.

"The EDC will visit the top 25 churches in Prince George's County this year. Our goal is to have all residents of Prince George's County successfully employed in high wage jobs or achieving generational wealth through their businesses. That's Activating Prosperity," said EDC President and CEO Jim Coleman. "There is no excuse to not enjoy a life of abundance if you are a member of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center and you use the programs that the EDC has at its disposal."

This year, Pastor Mike Freeman, Senior Pastor of the Spirit of Faith Christian Center, adopted the theme "Moving Mountains" to emphasize the importance of removing obstacles in your personal life to achieve 'super natural abundance'. According to Pastor Freeman, the bible provides business principles that all business owners should follow to ensure maximum increase.

"I am delighted that the Spirit of Faith Christian Center is partnering with the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation," said Pastor Freeman. "It is important for the community to first know how God does business in order for them to prosper in their business. Learning what the EDC has to offer, being concerned about what their enterprise has to offer and being able to hear the voice of God as a business partner will certainly move any mountains you perceive in your life."

Mr. Coleman shared his own personal testimony about of how his great-grandfather's purchase of the farm he worked on as a slave in 1888 brought generational wealth to more than 300 of his ancestors. Mr. Coleman owns Coleman Crest Farm today. This is the type of super natural abundance that the EDC has pledged to provide for everyone in Prince George's County. With the tools available through the EDC, the 'Activate Prosperity' initiative is on track to create 500 multi-millionaires in Prince George's County within the next 3 years.

Business owners were provided specific information on a wide-range of business support services, including how to gain access to traditional and non-traditional capital, how to write a business plan, and how to get certified to do business with Prince George's County. More than 50 business owners registered for the certification training offered by the EDC.

"Today's experience was nothing but God," said Debra Ferguson, owner of The Empire Dynasty event planning company in Laurel, Maryland. "Many people get into business with nothing more than a dream, but they don't know where to go for resources. As a result of today's Summit and the resources the EDC told us about, I am confident I can be more successful in my business. I don't see how people can make it without you [the EDC], especially if they don't have their own capital."

The participants were also provided information about transformative programs like the EDC's 'Job Club', which assists ex-offenders to 'move the mountains' of shame and rejection to re-enter the workforce.

"I really appreciated the information provided today," said an ex-offender who attended the Summit. "I felt like I was being treated like a person instead of a number, as I did at other One Stop Centers in the area. I feel really confident that I will get the help I need and the job I want with the help of the EDC's Job Club, which helps former offenders like me."

Job seekers learned about the training and certificate programs to become competitive for high wage jobs, particularly in the areas of Information Technology, Health Care, Transportation and Construction. They also learned about the available grants to provide tuition, childcare and transportation assistance for residents participating in the training programs. Participants were given the opportunity to meet with representatives from regional companies such as Dimensions Healthcare Systems, CLP Resources Construction, Securitas Security Services and Goodwill of Greater Washington to hear about the more than 200 jobs they have available immediately. In addition, participants learned how to access 'soft skills' training to assist job seekers with resume writing, interviewing skills and dressing for success.

"There is clearly a need for more forums such as this one to let people know the ABC's of employment," said Elizabeth Williams, Director of Workforce Development Services for the EDC. "Our job is to transform the lives of the 24,000 job seekers in the County with a simple formula. First, get A job. Second, get a BETTER job, and third, get a CAREER. If we are successful, our job creators are successful, our County household income will rise, and we are truly 'Activating Prosperity' in Prince George's County."

For more information on how to gain access to capital, get assistance in writing a business plan and other business support services, contact John Mason at 301-583-4646 or jamason@co.pg.md.us.

For more information on how to identify job opportunities, register for job training and certification or career development workshops, contact Liz Williams at 301-883-4615 or elwilliams1@co.pg.md.us.