2009 News

OC Grant Consulting Schedules Second Series of Seminars for Those Interested in Attaining Non-Profit Status and Grant Funding

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 04, 2009) – Olivette Carter, owner of OC Grant Consulting Associates, will present the second series of Nonprofit Capacity-Building seminars on attaining non-profit status and grant funding beginning Nov. 14 in Orlando.

The sessions will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Orlando Business Development Center Office, 3218 E. Colonial Drive, Suite G, Orlando 32803.

OC Grant Consulting is a client company of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program at the OBDC site, one of the program’s six business incubators throughout metro Orlando.

Carter recently held the first round of the series at the Disney Entrepreneur Center. Participants who attended were provided with the tools needed to start up new nonprofits and to secure and maintain funding to operate effective programs, she said. Among those attending were individuals and groups interested in providing services to homeless Veterans, establishing after-school programs, and implementing volunteer recognition projects.

Designed for executives, administrators, managers and other leaders of aspiring or new faith- and community-based organizations, the second seminar series will kick off with “How to Start a Non-Profit and Obtain 501(c)3 Status” on Nov. 14.

The “how-to” seminar will be repeated on Jan. 9, said Carter, who specializes in grant proposal writing, grant review and grant writing training, as well as post-grant support.

Additional seminars scheduled are: “An Introduction to Grant Writing,” Dec. 5; “Board Development for New Non-Profits,” Jan. 23; “Program Design and Planning,” Jan. 30; and “Volunteer Management,” Feb. 6. The December introduction to grant writing session will be repeated on Feb. 20.

Each seminar is $25.00, and those who sign up for four sessions can attend the fifth one free. To register, go on-line at www.ocgrantconsulting.com or call 321-281-8346.

For more information about this release, please contact:
Olivette Carter, Owner, OC Grant Counseling, 321-281-8346 or ocgrants@obdc2.fdn.com.
Melissa Wasserman, OBDC Site Manager, 321-281-8384, mwasserm@mail.ucf.edu;
Gordon Hogan, Director of Operations, UCF Business Incubation Program, 407-882-1157; bizdev@mail.ucf.edu;
Charlene Hager-Van Dyke, Larry Vershel Communications, 386-837-8780, 407-644-4142; Lvershelco@aol.com or chagervandyke@yahoo.com.

About the UCF Business Incubation Program:
Since its founding in 1999, the UCF Business Incubation Program has helped more than 130 emerging companies (including nearly 80 current clients) create over $500 million in annual revenue and more than 1,600 new jobs with an average salary of $59,000. With six facilities across the Greater Orlando community, the Incubation Program is a collaboration in economic development between the University of Central Florida, Orange County, the City of Orlando, Seminole County, the City of Winter Springs, Lake County, the City of Leesburg, City of Sanford and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. For more information, please visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.