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Release: July 28, 1999


WSUI/KSUI RADIO FORUM — In its next program, WSUI/KSUI's UI Radio Forum series Labor Center Forum takes on the issue of American manufacturers using "sweated" labor to produce their products.

Co-host of Labor Center Forum Clara Oleson talks with author Randy Shaw, author of "Reclaiming America," who writes about citizen action campaigns such as those waged against Nike Corporation's alleged use of sweatshop labor. They will be joined by student activist James Tracy, a UI graduate student in journalism.

Labor Center Forum airs this Saturday, July 31 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 1 at 3:30 p.m. on WSUI-AM (910) and Sunday, Aug. 1 at 5:30 on KSUI-FM (91.7).

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS -The University of Iowa Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can help with a series of seminars starting in August designed to help entrepreneurs be successful in their ventures.

The SBDC’s Smart Start seminars are taught by experienced business counselors who lead participants through the progression of starting a business. During the two-hour session, the presenters cover planning, competitive advantages, financial considerations, and basic legal and regulatory responsibilities.

Participants receive a resource packet that includes a business plan outline, a list of information resources and contacts, financial worksheets, and a resource directory. Once they have completed the seminars, entrepreneurs can receive one-on-one assistance from SBDC counselors.

The seminars are held Tuesdays in Room S104 of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building, located at Jefferson and Clinton streets in Iowa City. The seminars meet from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; Sept. 7, 21, 28; and Oct. 12 and 19; and Nov. 2, 16, 23, 30.

Registration for each session is $15; pre-registration is required through the SBDC. To register, contact the UI Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.

QUICKBOOKS WORKSHOP AUG. 11 --The UI Small Business Development Center and
Clifton Gunderson, P.L.C. certified public accountants are offering a hands-on workshop Aug. 11 to learn the QuickBooks accounting software program.

The workshop will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in Room C207, a computer lab in the Pappajohn Business Building.

Participants will be shown how to create and customize forms, financial reports and account charts using the software, which can also be used to set up vendor, inventory and customer lists. Small businesses can use QuickBooks as a payroll processing system to issue checks and pay taxes.

Cost for the workshop is $125; seating is limited. To register, call the UI Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.

'HIRING SMART' SEMINAR AUG. 12 --The founder of an eastern Iowa business consulting company will lead a half-day seminar on ways small businesses can improve their hiring process on Aug.12.

Jack Ulmer, founder of Ulmer and Associates, will lead the UI Small Business Development Center seminar, "The New Art of Hiring Smart," from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 12 in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building.

Seminar topics include components and problems in the traditional hiring process, identifying hiring problems, conducting interviews, the true cost of turnover, innovative prospecting techniques, using background checks, and job matching.

Ulmer has 26 years of experience as a human resource professional. He founded Ulmer and Associates 10 years ago after serving as compensation and benefits manager at Norand Corporation.

Cost is $44 if registration is paid by Aug. 6 or $49 after Aug. 6; lunch is included. To register, call the UI Small Business Development Center at (319) 335-3742.