Following a successful roll-out as part of L.A. County Parks After Dark activities at Ted Watkins Park in Watts, the Entrepreneur Education Center (EECI) will expand its Miracle’s Young Adult Entrepreneur Program (MYAEP) to the city of Carson.

Free enrollment for the 18-week course of study will be held this evening from 6 – 8 p.m. at Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., in Carson.

The instruction is designed to assist and educate multi-cultural entrepreneurs between the ages of 16 and 26 years on the ins and outs of how to start or expand a small business in the communities of Watts, Willowbrook, Compton, Gardena, South Gate, Lynwood and Carson,

A roundtable discussion, moderated by radio personality Janine Haydel, will offer advice to entrepreneurs interested in exploring opportunities in areas ranging from retail to real estate, the food industry and becoming a franchisee, to legal matters, human resources, and management. Expected panelists include Ed Rice, owner of five Popeye’s Franchises; Sam Polk activist and owner of eight Every Tables, Lori Harris a group transformational coach, Shannon Brailey of Wintrust Mortgage, and Monica Castaneda specializing in human resources.

“Entrepreneurship is the largest employment path for any progressive community,” said Barbara J. Stanton, executive director of EECI. “The dollar in under-serviced communities only circulates one time, on an average. Whereas in many communities, it can change hands more than 5 times. For that reason small businesses are critical for the growth of any community,” she continued, saying schools in underserved communities have fallen short in supporting entrepreneurship as a career pursuit.

For details, call (323) 757-7506.