CONTACT: SCOTT HAUSER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Iowa City residents offered free business course Sept. 16
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City residents who meet certain requirements
are being offered free help in exploring plans to start their own businesses,
thanks to a $20,000 grant from the City of Iowa City to the Small Business
Development Center and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the
University of Iowa.
Eligible residents will take a nine-week introductory course this fall
entitled, "Self-Sufficiency through Self-Employment," on the
basics of developing plans to start a small business.
The course is a pilot project funded through the Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG) program. The grant covers the cost of tuition and materials
People interested in the course are invited to attend an informational
meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in Room S307 of the Pappajohn Business
Administration Building. Information on business start-up courses also
will be available for those who do not qualify for the subsidized program.
Classes will be Tuesdays, beginning Oct. 7. The nine-week program will
be repeated in the spring.
The curriculum is based on the "Premier Fast Trac" program,
a business development course designed to assist entrepreneurs in developing
and writing feasibility, operation, marketing and business plans. Weekly
sessions include lectures, workshops and guest speakers.
To be eligible for the free class, participants must live within the
city limits of Iowa City and meet other requirements based on their income.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend the Sept. 16 meeting
but would like to participate, contact the Small Business Development Center
at (319) 335-3742.