Entrepreneur Innovation Center opens in Chester at the Booker T. Washington Community Center (Chester Housing Authority)

Date Published: 
May 17th, 2023

From the DelCo Times:

Leaning on the wisdom of Madam C.J. Walker, the Entrepreneur Innovation Center opened for business Thursday at the Booker T. Washington Community Center.

In spearheading the concept for the center, Marrea Walker-Smith was motivated by the famous Walker quote: “Don’t sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them.”

“This Entrepreneur Innovation Center has the potential to create more Madam C.J. Walkers in other areas of business,” Walker-Smith said.

The center, or EIC, was opened at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, one of the Chester Housing Authority campuses, at Seventh and Central avenues.

It features spaces for STEM careers, entrepreneurship, music production, apparel design, podcasting and television/radio production with workshops in all of these. Registration for classes will begin next month at the Chester Housing Authority website and classes will begin in August.

Steven Fischer, executive director of the Chester Housing Authority, said the space is for all the residents of Chester to brainstorm and think about how to make a product, business or service while encouraging teamwork and collaboration.

“(It takes) an underutilized space and create learning opportunities that will reduce barriers to employment and financial independence,” he said.

Read the DelCo Times' article "Entrepreneur Innovation Center opens in Chester at the Booker T. Washington Community Center," featuring the Chester Housing Authority.

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