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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 cmathis@willinet.net