Also at tomorrow morning’s
general session, three outstanding community college alumni will be honored.
Each of their stories shows how entrepreneurship changes people’s lives.
Congratulations to them all.
· Alumni Entrepreneurs:
Pizarro, owner of Ability Home Care Inc. Port Saint Lucie, FL – Pizarro graduated from Indian River State College in Ft.
Pierce, FL, with a BAS in Organizational Management in 2010. In 2008, Pizarro
opened Ability Home Care Inc., servicing patients on the Treasure Coast and
Palm Beach County. Using the skills she learned while taking courses at IRSC,
Sarah has grown her business by 400 percent and currently employs 45
individuals. In addition to quality care services, Ability Home Care Inc. also
operates the Ability Career Institute, which offers the training needed to become
a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant or Certified Home Health Aide. Pizarro
was recognized in the 2012 Empact 100 Showcase, which recognizes organizations
started by entrepreneurs aged 35 and under, and whose annual revenues or
operating budgets are more than $100,000.
– Fabi Preslar, owner of SPARK Publications,
Charlotte, NC – A graduate of Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte,
NC. Preslar owns and manages SPARK Publications, a 15-year-old
graphic design and creative publications firm, whose staff of six full-time
employees serves over 150 entrepreneurial (local and national) companies, universities
and associations. Preslar has received numerous recognitions, including the
Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award from Central Piedmont
Community College in 2009. SPARK Publications has received more than 80
industry awards for their creative and effective client projects. Preslar
shares her time and energy as a mentor and advisor and serves as an award
selection judge for several national entrepreneurial competitions. Since 2009,
she has served on the Central Piedmont Community College Advisory Board for
Advertising + Graphic Design and among other positions serves as a mentor in
the Pride Entrepreneurial Education Program.
– Heather Howe, owner of Fields of Heather
Bakery – Chester, MD – Howe received her degree in Baking and Pastry as well as Business
Management and Entrepreneurship from Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) in
Arnold, MD. She then got her Bachelors
in Food Service Entrepreneurship from Johnson & Wales University. She
started with a handful of customers in 2001 and now serves hundreds of
customers and is growing every month. Fields of Heather Bakery was awarded The
Golden Anchor Award of 2012 for Best Bakery and Favorite Business Owner; Howe
also won the "Spirit of Entrepreneurship: Rising Star" from
Entrepreneurs Exchange in 2011. Howe hosts Business Management and
Entrepreneurial Studies classes in her bakery and describe to the students how
she became a successful entrepreneur, thus infusing those students with her
entrepreneurial spirit. She also mentors students involved in the
Entrepreneurial Studies Club on campus and has hired AACC students and alumni
to work in her bakery.