A $10,000 grant from US West Communications will be combined with $15,000 in state economic development money in a public-private partnership to pay for three pilot entrepreneurial training programs in Utah.
Laura Scholl, manager of economic development for US West, said the partnership formed with the Utah Department of Community and Economic Development will be beneficial to the economic missions of both agencies."We believe that our partnership in funding these training programs will make a quantifiable impact impact on the long term success rate of the individuals and businesses who take advantage of this course," said Scholl.
The pilot programs are targeted to assist Hispanics, native Americans and women in developing entrepreneurial skills. The courses are 18 units of curriculum that will include accounting, advertising, creating a business plan, market strategy, financing, legal issues, complying with government regulations and managing human resources.
Stanley B. Parrish, department director, praised US West for its contribution by saying the government's money can do more when it gets a boost from private money.
The training program will recruit and train 45-50 people at each of the three Small Business Development Centers at Snow College in Ephraim, Weber State University and the College of Eastern Utah in Price.