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Pepperdine Microenterprise Program

The Pepperdine Microenterprise Program strengthens the Los Angeles community by embodying the Pepperdine University mission of developing lives for purpose, service and leadership, and by providing the Graziadio student community with the opportunity to better understand how to use social entrepreneurship to close the economic gap.

Through this program, we provide education and mentorship to residents of Los Angeles transitional shelters. Past partner organizations include the Los Angeles Salvation Army, the Union Rescue Mission, Hope Gardens, and the Upward Bound House.

Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Dr. Muhammad Yunus' speech on social entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University in 2007, the program is designed to build personal growth, career development, and entrepreneurship within an intensive twenty-four week curriculum.

 

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Microenterprise Entrepreneur Success Stories

Ron J. Smith

Ron J. Smith

After graduating from the Pepperdine Microenterprise Program in 2011, Ron co-founded Dawn's Heart Productions, LLC. His production company bridges the gap between Christian media events and mainstream audiences by raising awareness through film and entertainment.

"I struggled a lot in life. I've fought poverty and lost. I've fought addictions and lost. Finally I fought to keep my pride, and I thank God that I lost that fight too."

Ron J. Smith

Microenterprise Graduate
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Tunyshia Settles

Tunyshia Settles

With the help of the Microenterprise Program, Tunyshia rebuilt her confidence and is now a positive role model. She started her own catering business – Lei Mani Catering, providing quality food services in South Central L.A.

"I have always wanted to open a business with my family. Thanks to the Microenterprise Program, that dream is becoming a reality."

Tunyshia Settles

Microenterprise Graduate
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Pepperdine Microenterprise Leadership

Pepperdine Microenterprise Program

Keith Obilana

Keith Obilana

Program Manager

keith@microenterprise.org
(818) 925-5145

Dr. Larry Cox

Dr. Larry Cox

Program Director, Faculty Advisor

larry.cox@pepperdine.edu
(310) 568-5644