Mission: The Agency For Empowerment & Support, LLC (AFES) empowers individuals with physical and mental disabilities to develop business plans and create successful event management businesses.
Our company provides business development and educational services – consulting and training services. We aim to empower individuals with disabilities to succeed in event management through self-employment training and educational resources.
Our company partners with non-profit, private, and direct customers. The AFES Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant (CBTAC) is registered with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and can provide services to VR customers. We use a program with Griffin-Hammis Associates as a journey map for VR clients.
Stephanie George, Founder/CEO
As of 2019, Stephanie George, also known as Leah, has established a company in Central Florida. Her company provides resources, support, and opportunities for veterans and military families to become successful entrepreneurs. Self-employment is a service offered to individuals with physical and mental disabilities.
Ms. George is a Certified Business Technical Assistance Consultant (CBTAC). A former Waiver Support Coordinator (WSC) and Medicaid Provider at The Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD). She also has a robust social work background. Ms. George earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Bethel University in 2002.
Stephanie George has over 15 years of experience in colleges and universities. In the offices of Career Development and the Department of Workforce Development & Continuing Education. Stephanie has an active Florida ServSafe Food Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association. She planned events, coordinated college department graduations (bi-annual), and managed other events for over fifteen years.
In addition, her work providing services to disabled clients began in the 1990s. This was when Ms. George worked as a college intern and job coach at Andrews University. She also gained valuable experience working with the Dean of Student Services at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, New York. One of the highlights of her job was her interaction with Dr. Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife. Dr. Shabazz held a position as an administrator in the president’s office. From these diverse experiences,
Stephanie learned the art of advocating for her clients and empowering vulnerable and underserved populations in her community.
The need for this service was magnified in 2014 following a personal family crisis. After serving their country honorably in Afghanistan and (South) Korea, Ms. George’s eldest daughter and son-in-law returned to the USA, suffering from service disabilities. Consequently, she spent years helping her daughter and other military families access support services.
During this experience, Ms. George became self-employed, learning the risks and benefits of working for herself. She kept her promise to her veteran daughter and her commitment to military families. To use this platform to continue providing support services to U.S. veterans and military families.
Ms. George provides peer support to moms and grandmothers of U.S. veterans and military families. Stephanie is Christ-centered, a U.S. citizen born in Trinidad and Tobago, and grew up in New York. In her work, she advocates for a respectful environment where clients’ cultures, beliefs, and sexual orientations are respected.