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Release: Nov. 11, 1999

Self-employment seminar offered to disabled Burlington, Waterloo residents

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Persons with disabilities in the Burlington and Waterloo areas who are thinking of starting a business will receive specialized self-employment training at Exploring Entrepreneurship, a jointly sponsored state and University of Iowa program to be offered in those cities in December.

In Burlington, Exploring Entrepreneurship will be held at Southeastern Community College from 1 to 5 p.m., Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. The program will be held at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 during the same hours.

Cristina Mathis, program manager of Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs, the joint service which makes the program possible, says participants will learn about the myths and realities of business ownership, evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of business ownership, and determine a business' feasibility. Also, information about available resources will be shared.

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 the first 25 persons to register. Registration ends Nov. 29. Scholarships that cover the two-day seminar, textbooks and other materials are available to persons who qualify. The seminar is a service of the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the UI's Law, Health Policy & Disability Center.

To register, call Cristina Mathis, Business Assistance Services for Entrepreneurs toll-free at 1-877-684-8983 or via e-mail at