DreamBuilder Program Successes

By Lorrie DeFrank

For women business owners, having a dream doesn’t necessarily mean getting a new enterprise off the ground. Accomplished women dream, too—about such aspirations as international relations, building docks, decorating cakes and throwing parties. They all take leaps of faith to help them start, change or grow. Late last year when the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center offered its inaugural DreamBuilder Program to area women, Director Pat Blanchard knew who to tap to facilitate it. Pegine Echevarria is living her dream. A member of a girl gang as a teen in the Bronx, she is now an international motivational speaker, largely through the help of the JWBC. Six women signed up for the program. Three stuck with it. The powerful foursome forged professional and personal bonds they will continue to use to support each other throughout their careers.

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