weVENTURE Melbourne accelerates sustainable business growth for womenpreneurs in Brevard, Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.

IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Programs

A series of tailored and strategic mentoring programs that helps business owners outperform the competition and ensure sustainable business growth.

IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Programs

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A variety of no-cost, one-on-one consultations, low-cost business education seminars & workshops, business coaching, purposeful networking events, community roundtables & discussions, and financial intelligence resources and tools.

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321-674-7007 (o)
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Harris Commons Building
Third Floor, Room 340
3011 S. Babcock Street
Melbourne, FL 32901



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IGNITE 360® Mentoring Programs – Fueling Business Growth

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IGNITE 360® helps business owners solve critical business problems and develop new skills that allow their companies to outperform the competition while advancing to the next level of business growth and sustainability. Each IGNITE 360® program is committed to delivering specific measurable business outcomes and accountability has been built into the process.

The three distinctive programs under the IGNITE 360® brand cater to the specific needs of the business and the entrepreneur. IGNITE 360® program directors, managers, mentors, and facilitators have extensive business and program experience that ensure each company receives the appropriate support regardless of revenue, time in business or number of employees.

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IGNITE 360® Transition is for organizations that need strategy before growth or change.

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IGNITE 360® Advantage is a unique mentoring program developed for emerging businesses that are committed to growth.

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IGNITE 360® Premier is for large second-stage companies that are focused on transformational activities that include but are not limited to change management, exit strategies, HR, succession plans and/or expansion.

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The IGNITE 360® Business Mentoring Program brings together successful, forward-thinking business owners and executives with one goal: to individually and collectively grow participants’ businesses to new levels. Thank you for your interest in participating as a mentor to help support the success of this important program.

As a mentor in this program, you agree to:

  • Commit to and attend one meeting each month for six consecutive months as scheduled each session.
  • Attendance is expected 15 minutes prior to the start time of each session. Meetings will start promptly and end promptly given one hour per session.
  • Follow the guidelines and the proven processes covered in the mentor training.
  • Provide feedback and/or assistance as needed between monthly meetings.
  • Contribute to the group in a respectful, positive manner to support a nurturing environment for growth.
  • Provide feedback at the end of the program: observations on mentee development, business development and feedback on the overall process. This will be due within 1 week of the last session. This feedback will be incorporated into a final report for the Women’s Business Center and the client.
  • Maintain complete confidentiality with all proprietary, financial and personal information shared within the meetings. The information shared within this group is provided for development/learning purposes only and is strictly confidential.

To receive additional information about the program, or if you have questions, please contact us at wevignite@fit.edu or at 321-674-7007.

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Interested in becoming a client of weVENTURE a power-packed, resource-rich center? weVENTURE is the premier resource for accelerated, sustainable business growth and vital entrepreneurial development.

Services are offered by weVENTURE, Florida Institute of Technology and the SBA, community partners, and our generous sponsors, advisors, and mentors.

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No Cost, One-on-One Consultations

Whether you are a current business owner or are new to entrepreneurship, you will want the tools and resources to help you identify and overcome common barriers to effectively reach your optimal potential.  Our no-cost consultations allow you to meet with an experienced Coach and Business Development Specialist who will guide through the entrepreneurial journey.

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Low-Cost Business Education Seminars & Workshops

weVENTURE offers a variety of quality business education workshops that assist entrepreneurs in developing, managing, and growing their businesses.

At no-cost, we offer:

  • roundtable discussions called Biz Bytes
  • host SBA workshops
  • co-host community events, such as Federal Contracting Conference and the  National SBA  InnovateHER Pitch Competition locally
  • DreamBuilder online entrepreneurial training program

At low-cost, we offer:

  • Specialty Workshops offered on a variety of business related topics presented by subject matter experts
  • Launching Lean, a 6-part workshop series for weVENTURE clients looking to go from idea to launch; or for those already in business who want to re-assess current market opportunities.

Purposeful Networking Events

weVENTURE hosts events where business professionals and entrepreneurs are encouraged to build and grow meaningful connections.

Strong Coffee, Strong Women

Fueled by caffeine and passion, this morning networking event is for women who are focused on achieving something fresh and new for their business and themselves


Women Who Rock Awards Luncheon

An annual celebration in March in honor of Women’s History Month in which local women are celebrated and their success stories are shared.

IMPACT Business & Leadership Summit

Offers an inspirational day focused YOU and building your leadership skills.  Attendees to this August event are Corporate C-level business executives, small-medium sized business owners, and business professionals.

Scholarship Information

weVENTURE, in support from the Zonta Club of Melbourne, provides scholarships to women who may have monetary barriers but want to improve their quality of life, their independence and self-sufficiency. Named in honor of the Meehan family, the scholarship is a needs-based program designed to support women in Brevard County wishing to improve their life through business education.

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The Zonta Club of Melbourne is a member of Zonta International, a global organization of male and female executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Chartered on Dec. 1, 1983, the club has more than 20 committed members who attend monthly meetings to coordinate community projects and fundraising activities. The Melbourne Club is in Zonta’s District 11, which encompasses the states of Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

For more information about the Zonta Club of Melbourne, please visitzontaspacecoast.org.
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Our Team


Erica Lemp
Executive Director

Ms. Lemp comes to weVENTURE after serving as CareerSource Brevard’s Community Resources Manager for the past two years and Program Planning Manager for four years. Prior to her time at CareerSource, Ms. Lemp was with LEAD Brevard for six years and served as Senior Director of Programs and Events.


Wanda Lipscomb-Vásquez
Program Director of Business Services

Kathy Register
Program Manager, IGNITE 360®


Susan Erickson
Program Manager, Events

Allison DePietro
Program Coordinator, IGNITE 360®


Brenda Oliva
Program Coordinator, Business Services

Connor Cassidy
Program Coordinator, Business Services


Rockledge Branch in partnership with Career Source Brevard


Lynn Simon
Business Development Specialist


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About Florida Institute of Technology
Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. PayScale.com ranks graduates’ mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida’s universities, and lists Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South-both public and private. Featured among the top 200 universities in the world according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university offers undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.