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Department Presents Entrepreneurship Outreach Grants
MADISON Five organizations are sharing $55,000 in grants to help promote entrepreneurship for low-income individuals, thanks to a grant from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
"Entrepreneurship for low-income persons is on the rise in Wisconsin," said DWD Secretary Jennifer Reinert. "We are excited about this opportunity to help even more low-income individuals explore the opportunity of becoming their own boss."
The 2000 Entrepreneurship Outreach Education Grant provides grants of $11,000 to five organizations that provide assistant to individuals seeking employment. The money is being used for training and consulting in business start-up and ownership for people considering entrepreneurship as a career and to train job center staff to provide assistance and referrals to local service providers.
Grantees for the 2000 Entrepreneurship Outreach Education Grant include:
The grants make exploration of entreprenuership a viable option for low-income job center customers. For many of them, the traditional job market brings challenges with transportation, disabilities, or child care, that make self-employment a very attractive option.
Clients of Job Centers and Job Center partners receive:
About 90% of all businesses in Wisconsin employ less than 50 employees. "Small businesses have an enormous impact on the Wisconsin economy, and the amount of support they provide for our economy is tremendous," Secretary Reinert said. "These grants will ensure that Wisconsins strong history of entrepreneurship continues and that the idea of owning a small business can be more than just a dream."
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