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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 (