LiFT Academy Microbusinesses
LiFT University
Microbusinesses

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Entrepreneurship in Education

In 2018, LiFT University added Micro-businesses to its course offerings. These businesses allow students the opportunity to gain social, vocational, and critical thinking skills that will add greatly to their value as an employee. As entrepreneurs, students learn to take risks, manage time, put customers first, seek opportunities to lead and interpersonal skills, all of which are highly transferable skills sought by employers.

Positive outcomes include:

  • Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • Job readiness
  • Enhanced social psychological development ie. self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy
LiFT University currently
has four micro-businesses:

LiFT Your Heart:

LiFT My Heart is a micro-business, vocational day training program for adults ages 23+. This program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary to gain sustainable employment: vocational skills development, social/emotional support, entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, sales, sustainability, and life skills.  Under the guidance and supervision of the micro-business program manager, Ashley Duffy, team members create high interest products to sell to the general public. This business has been a huge success: customers could not be more satisfied! Currently, LiFT Your Heart employees/team members create pillows, beach bags, wine bags, candles, tea towels, ornaments, aprons, greeting cards, and so much more.

Positive outcomes of this program include:

  • Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • Job readiness
  • Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)

LiFT Your Fork:

LiFT Your Fork is a LiFT University micro-business that caters to all of our customers’ event needs.  Whether it is a wedding, a shower, a family reunion…LiFT Your Fork has a menu for every occasion! 

LiFT Your Fork Catering provides students with the opportunity to acquire the culinary skills necessary to gain sustainable employment in the food service industry: vocational skills development, entrepreneurship, branding, marketing, sales, sustainability, and life skills.  

Under the guidance and supervision of the micro-business program manager, Madison Buxbaum, students study popular food trends, design menus, shop for ingredients, and create mouthwatering meals, appetizers, and desserts.  This micro-business has been a huge hit within the community, keeping us busy year round. All of the recipes were created by Ms. Buxbaum and her LYF team of students. All of the ingredients are fresh. And, yes! We deliver!

Positive outcomes of this program include:

  • Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • Job readiness
  • Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)

LiFT U Cleaning Crew:

Dedicated to providing stellar cleaning services to small businesses throughout the Tampa Bay Area, the LiFT U Cleaning Crew, is a micro-business of LiFT University.

Phillip Martin is the CEO and Job Coach for LiFT U Cleaning Crew. Within this micro-business, students learn janitorial skills that will prove to be beneficial as they seek employment in an industry that is lacking workers. A recent (Florida) study showed that for every 20 job openings in the housekeeping/janitorial/ maintenance industry, there is one prospective employee to fill the vacancies. Our crew is not only capable of meeting the maintenance needs of businesses, they are highly effective and efficient, going above and beyond that which is expected.

The LiFT U Cleaning Crew is a team of five LiFT University students and one supervisor. Currently, LiFT U Cleaning Crew has three major clients: Seminole Movie Grill, Pinellas Park Church of Christ and First Christian Church of Seminole. 

Positive outcomes of this program include:

  • Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • Job readiness
  • Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)

Leo’s Cafe:

Leo’s Cafe is a LiFT University micro-business that provides lunch to LiFT Academy students two days a week. LiFT University students manage and operate this café: taking orders, receiving payments, greeting guests, prepping meals, serving guests, and maintaining a sanitary business environment. The experience students gain by working in this micro-business will serve to aide them in acquiring sustainable employment in the food service industry: hospitality, marketing, sales, life skills, and vocational skills development.

Positive outcomes of this program include:

  • Increased problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Improved interpersonal relationships, teamwork, money management, and public speaking skills
  • Job readiness
  • Enhanced social psychological development (self-esteem, ego development, self-efficacy)
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