CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Feb 9, 2000
Self-employment seminar offered to disabled Ottumwa, Creston residents
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Persons with disabilities in the Ottumwa and Creston
areas who are thinking of starting a business will receive specialized self-employment
training at Exploring Entrepreneurship, a jointly sponsored state and University
of Iowa program to be offered in those cities in March.
In Ottumwa, Exploring Entrepreneurship will be held at Indian Hills Community
College Fridays, March 10 and 17. In Creston, training will be offered at
Southwestern Community College Wednesdays, March 15 and 22. Each training
session will be from 1 to 5 p.m. in both cities.
Registration is required and ends Wednesday, March 8. Participants will
be notified upon registration to which classroom to report.
Cristina Mathis, program manager of Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs,
the joint service which makes the program possible, says participants will
learn about the myths and realities of business ownership; evaluate the benefits
and drawbacks of business ownership; determine business feasibility; and share
information about available resources.
Special accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and materials
in alternate formats, will be provided upon timely request.
Participation in the program costs $25 and is limited to the first 25 persons
to register. Scholarships that cover the two-day seminar, textbooks and other
materials are available to persons who qualify. The seminar is a service of
the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the UI's Law, Health Policy
& Disability Center.
To register, call Cristina Mathis, Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs,
toll-free at 1-877-684-8983 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org