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Release: Jan. 29, 2001

Self-employment training offered to entrepreneurs with disabilities

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Persons with disabilities who are interested in starting a business can now register to attend a 10-week self-employment seminar to be held each Monday beginning March 5 through May 7. The training program will take place each week for three hours at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Des Moines.

Kimberley Ray, administrator for BASE, says the seminar is designed to help entrepreneurs learn if their idea is viable, what it takes to succeed in business, and how to build a business plan among other topics. BASE provides answers to individual questions about starting or expanding a business and has resources about business ownership. 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.

Participation in the program costs $25 and reservations are limited to 15 persons. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. Special accommodations, such as sign language interpreters and materials in alternate formats will be provided upon timely request.

The seminar is a service of the Iowa Department of Economic Development and the UI's Law, Health Policy and Disability Center To register, call BASE at 1-866-684-8983 or (641) 932-3003 or via e-mail at