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Eligible Iowa City residents invited to explore free business course Jan. 29

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa City residents interested in exploring plans to start their own businesses are invited to an informational meeting Thursday, Jan. 29 to learn more about a nine-week course beginning in February at the University of Iowa College of Business Administration.

The course, offered through the Small Business Development Center and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the UI, is free to residents who meet certain income requirements.

Eligible residents will take a nine-week introductory course entitled, "Self-Sufficiency through Self-Employment," on the basics of developing plans to start a small business. Classes will be held Wednesdays, beginning Feb. 11.

An informational meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29 in Room 313 of Phillips Hall. Information on business start-up courses also will be available for those who do not qualify for the subsidized program.

The course is the second in a pilot project funded through a $20,000 grant from the city of Iowa City.

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 Jan. 29 meeting but would like to participate, contact the Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.