Medina Journal-Register — The Orleans County Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP) graduated 13 potential entrepreneurs and/or small business owners Tuesday at the Crooked Door Restaurant in Albion. Of the 13 graduates, eight were directly sponsored by the Orleans County MAP.
Program participants recently completed a 10-week educational course that covered all aspects of owning and operating a small business, including business law, taxes, bookkeeping, budgeting, marketing, computer application, and management. Although the educational training is over, the graduates are continuing to work with SBDC advisors to develop their business plans.
The MAP is a federally funded program administered through Housing and Urban Development that was designed to provide eligible participants with free entrepreneurship training, technical assistance, and access to low-interest revolving loan fund money. The overall goal of the Program is to create viable and productive small businesses in Orleans County.
To date 384 Orleans County residents have completed the MAP Program, producing significant operating businesses, and jobs to date. Graduates of this round of the MAP included: Amy Flanagan, Pamela Jones, Lori Brien, Margaret Krizan, Brandon Jones, Richard Sarrero, Charlenny Marte, Beth Stinson, Janet Knight, Kathleen Worgo, Marjorie Steffen, Juan Santiago and Miguel Jimenez,
Applications are now being accepted for the spring class 2014. For more information contact Diane Blanchard at 589-7060, ext. 101.