Gallaudet University has received a $50,000 contribution from the Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation Inc. to fund the Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur Certificate Program, which will be administered through the Gallaudet Leadership Institute. Chris Sullivan, a member of Gallaudet University's Board of Trustees helped implement the gift concept with Merrill Lynch.
The new certificate program will prepare deaf and hard of hearing entrepreneurs to become business owners and focus on the knowledge and skills needed to develop a successful business.
“This is a significant gift from Merrill Lynch and a milestone in a developing relationship between the National Deaf Business Institute and GLI,” GLI Director Joseph Innes said. “It will enable development of programming designed to help deaf entrepreneurs create viable businesses.”
“The goal of the Merrill Lynch Entrepreneur Certificate Program is to provide a nurturing environment where participants can learn from those who know best – deaf professionals who are familiar with or have personally overcome the challenges of starting a business,” said Eddy Bayardelle, first vice president of Merrill Lynch Global Philanthropy. “Merrill Lynch is focused on developing financial literacy skills and promoting entrepreneurship in the communities where we work and live, making our support of this program a perfect fit.”
Because of unique programs that Merrill Lynch offers specifically to deaf and hard of hearing clients, plans are under way to include opportunities for professionals from Merrill Lynch to share their financial knowledge and expertise, Innes said.
Posted: 9 Nov 2004