After The Pitch

Franklinton programs meant to boost financial skills

Residents of Franklinton along with the artists and entrepreneurs there can take advantage of two new programs meant to bolster their financial skills. The Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab is offering an eight-week course meant to help participants gain confidence in managing money and expenses, building credit and strengthening their resumes. The course is free and participants get a $252 stipend for completing the classes. The classes start April 12 and meet every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1003 West Town St. The class is funded by a grant from the city of Columbus. The SunDown Group, meanwhile, is offering an entrepreneurship certificate program to meant to help participants learn how to start and run a business. The program costs $315 and will be taught on Tuesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Idea Foundry, 421 West State St. Those who are a part of a Franklinton member organization can apply for a grant from the lab to pay for the program. @BizMarkWilliams