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Dreaming of Owning Your Own Business Like Heather?

AACC Graduate Heather Howe


Apply Today for a Ratcliffe Scholarship!

Nearly one year ago, Heather Howe opened her own bakery, Fields of Heather. The storefront represents the culmination of a lifelong dream, lots of hard work and support from the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship at Anne Arundel Community College.

Howe loves to bake and always wanted to own her own bakery. When she went looking for a convenient school with a strong culinary program, she found both at AACC. After earning associate degrees in Baking and Pastry and Business Management, she transferred to Johnson and Wales in 2004, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Food Service Entrepreneurship.

But, she knew she needed to know more about business to start her shop. So, she returned to AACC in the fall of 2007 to take classes within the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute (ESI). A Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship ensured she could take the seven classes necessary without financial burden.

“The scholarship made it possible for me to come back to get an additional degree in entrepreneurship,” says Howe. “This led to the push I needed to get the doors of the bakery open.”

Howe’s lessons in the ESI program were rooted in real business experience and focused on the tools she would need to be a successful business owner. “When I graduated from the program, I had a sound marketing and business plan, accounting skills and so much more that helped me move forward with my business,” she says.

As for the future, Howe is already looking into expansion. Based on the overwhelming response from customers in her first year, she should have no problems. “I knew people would care, but just not to this extent. It is a wonderful feeling, and what makes me get up early every day and work late seven days a week.”

Deadline to Apply for Fall 2013 is July 10th

Anne Arundel Community College is taking applications for new scholarships through the Ratcliffe Scholars program that offer support for entrepreneurs as they learn skills to launch and grow businesses.

The Ratcliffe Scholars program, supported by the Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation, is seeking applicants with entrepreneurial spirit and drive who have the potential and motivation to succeed as business owners. The deadline for a fall 2013 award is Wednesday, July 10, 2013. The deadline for a spring 2014 award is Nov. 6, 2013.

To learn more, visit this website.