LEARN program having open house

Published 12:10 pm Monday, June 7, 2010

The Launching Entrepreneurs Across Rural Networks (LEARN) program will host an open house at the Demopolis Higher Education Center tomorrow, June 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the UWA Small Business Development Center.

LEARN helps emerging entrepreneurs in rural communities by providing free business training and one-on-one business counseling to laid-off workers and veterans.

The program was created by Alabama’s Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the University of Alabama as a response to Alabama’s growing unemployment rate. The current rate of 11 percent creates a demand for employment options for those affected by company closings. Also, with the slowing economy and the knowledge that 52% of the American workforce is employed by small businesses, the LEARN Program sees a need to develop more options for displaced workers within the state. Entrepreneurship is one option offered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

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The equal opportunity program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. LEARN is a three-year grant stemming from the Growing America Through Entrepreneurship (GATE) project.

For additional information contact the LEARN office at 1-866-968-5525 or visit www.learnala.org.