CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Sept. 28, 2000
Self-employment training offered to Oskaloosa area residents
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Persons with disabilities who live in the Oskaloosa area
and who are interested in starting a business can now register to attend a
two-day self-employment seminar to be held from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct.
17 and 24 at the Oskaloosa Library, third floor.
The seminar is made possible through Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs
(BASE), a jointly sponsored program of the University of Iowa's Law, Health,
Policy & Disability Center and the Iowa Department of Economic Development.
Kimberley Ray, administrator for BASE, says the seminar is being held during
Disability Awareness month, a time when disability awareness is traditionally
higher. The seminar is designed to help entrepreneurs assess their entrepreneurial
traits and business skills, explore the myths and realities of self-employment,
and evaluate the pros and cons of business ownership among other topics. BASE
also provides answers to individual questions about starting or expanding
a business and has resources available about business ownership.
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 15 persons. A limited
number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. To register, call
Kimberley Ray of BASE at (866) 684-8983 or (641) 932-3003 or via e-mail at
The seminar is a service of the Iowa Department of Economic Development
and the UI's Law, Health Policy and Disability Center (http://www.baseiowa.org)