DEED Announces Free Entrepreneurship Program

Monday, January 5th, 2009 at 12:27 pm

ST. PAUL – The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is offering a free program to help people start their own businesses.

Customers can now sign up for Project GATE II (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship). The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and is open to people who are at least 50 years old, eligible for the federal Dislocated Worker Program and committed to starting a new business.

“Start-ups and small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy,” said DEED Commissioner Dan McElroy. “This program is an important part of our mission to support the success of individuals, businesses and communities by offering opportunities for growth.”

The goal of the program is to prepare entrepreneurs to be “business ready” so that they have a better chance for achieving long-term success and sustainability.

Personal assessments and development, concept feasibility and guidance on launching a new business will be among the services offered by Project GATE II.

The program does not provide start-up money, grants or other financial help, although participants will learn about possible resources for funding.

People interested in finding out more details, including whether they qualify for the program, should contact a Minnesota WorkForce Center. To find the nearest WorkForce Center, call

1-888-GET-JOBS or check online at .

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