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Release: March 30, 2000

Specialized business training offered for persons with disabilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Persons with disabilities in the Iowa City area who are thinking of starting their own business and want to know whether self-employment is right for them, can register to attend a two-part specialized employment training program April 3 and 10 at the Iowa City Public Library.

The training will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 3 and again Monday, April 10 at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn Street, Iowa City.

At Exploring Entrepreneurship, a jointly sponsored program of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, and the University of Iowa, participants will learn about the myths and realities of business ownership, among other points, says Cristina Mathis, program manager, Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs, the program that makes the training possible.

Participants will also learn to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of business ownership and discover resources to help make their dream a reality.

Training cost is $25, which includes textbooks and other materials provided. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Special accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and materials in alternate formats will be provided upon timely request, Mathis says.

Advance registration is required and limited space is available. To register, contact Cristina Mathis, toll free at 1-877-684-8983 or via e-mail at cmathis@willinet.net.