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The Palms West Community Foundation provides funding for K-12 education, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and job creation.   

Serve all of Palm Beach County by deploying high impact economic development programs to expand small businesses, fuel job growth, and fill our workforce pipeline with young entrepreneurs to prevent regional brain drain and retain the best and brightest leaders of today and tomorrow. 

Palm Beach County leads among suburban counties in high wage job growth, sustainable entrepreneurship, innovative education, and direct export revenue.    

Premier Programs:  

  • Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!): an after-school program for middle and high school students that delivers expert mentorship and education in the area of businesses.  The students graduate the 10-month program as CEO of their own Florida corporation; a legal business enterprise. Launches October 2015!   
  • Business Retention and Expansion (BRE): a formal, structured economic development implementation strategy focused on targeted industries designed to gather strategic supply chain intelligence and address red flag scenarios to remove barrier to growth, build a robust workforce, and inject resources to increase capital investment.  The Business Development Board of Palm Beach County is a recognized partner, specifically brought into situations whereby local and State incentives could be used to secure the commitment of local businesses to grow and thrive here.  Launched! 
  • Western Communities Initiative (WCI): leading the way to retain businesses drive local investment through collaboration with partners such as the Lake Okeechobee Economic Alliance (LORE), the Business Development Board, and chambers and municipal governments in Pahokee, Belle Glade, and South Bay.  The focus is to bring economic activity to underserved areas in the western most portion of Palm Beach County.   

For more information, please contact Martina Sanchez, Program Manager, at 561-578-4813 or via email at [email protected], or Mary Lou Bedford, CEO, at 561-578-4807 or via email at [email protected]