Sep 8, 2017

Grant will allow business education for community

Ottumwa Courier
September 8, 2017

FAIRFIELD — Support for activities leading to the development of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas has gotten a boost that will be shared with knowledge hungry entrepreneurs.

Maharishi University of Management (MUM) has received a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) for $46,510.00.

This technical assistance project will focus on education, training and mentoring of small businesses in Fairfield and Jefferson County. There will be 15 one-hour seminars and 20 important topics in four-hour workshops taught by MUM faculty members and invited guests.

These education and training programs will be open to the general citizenry and will be publicized through emails, advertisements and posters.

The topics to be chosen for the education and training will assist in further enhancing the abilities of entrepreneurs to formulate successful business proposals and improve the abilities of small businesses to conduct their operation successfully.

In the first month of the project, area entrepreneurs and small businesses will be surveyed to determine the 15 topics of one-hour seminars and the 20 topics of four-hour workshops.

The economic development result will be the creation and retention of jobs in the city of Fairfield and, more broadly, Jefferson County.

This grant will be administered by David Goodman and Maharishi University of Management School of Business. Partners include the Fairfield Economic Development Association, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fairfield Co. Lab, SCORE, Fairfield Entrepreneur Association, Pathfinder’s RC&D and others.

For further information or to suggest topics for the seminars or workshops, contact 641-451-1793 or

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