LOWELL – There is a new captain of the ship — entrepreneurship, that is — and she’s ready to continue driving the organization into new oceans of opportunity.

EforAll (Entrepreneurship for All) is a longstanding organization that has helped hundreds of aspiring business owners launch their ventures.

Sophan Smith was chosen from dozens of qualified applicants to serve as EforAll’s new executive director in Lowell. And for the 42-year-old Dracut resident, the new position completes a full circle for her professional life. The Lowell native said of her return to her adolescent roots, “I am so excited to be back in my hometown. But more so to be in an industry that helps people.”

EforAll has a deep and massive footprint, both in the Merrimack Valley and throughout the country. It’s primary mission is to help folks start and grow small businesses.