Tuesday, December 23, 2008

$15,000 Loan Forgiveness Paid Directly To You!

This program is offered to individuals attending a program of study designed to prepare them to become a licensed dentist. Selected participants are eligible for up to four years of loan forgiveness. There is a minimum service obligation of three years. Each year a participant must deliver service totaling 25 percent of their yearly patient encounters to a public program or sliding fee scale patients. In turn, the ORHPC will pay directly to the participant an annual lump sum of approximately $15,000. For more information contact the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, Attn: Loan Forgiveness Program Officer, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975; (800) 366-5424

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Monday, December 22, 2008

$85 For A Year of Business Training for Women

Women with the desire to start or expand their own businesses can look to Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, Inc. (WEB) for the knowledge and resources needed to succeed. Elements of their Business Skills Training Course include financing strategies, business skills education, internet and computer use, community networking, government certification, and legal and tax requirements. Participants receive mentoring, business consultations, and additional resource referrals as part of the package. Applicants are prescreened to ensure that they have both a viable business idea and the entrepreneurial spirit necessary for success. Participants must attend 12 weeks of training, write a business plan, and intend to start a business before or within nine months after training is completed. For a year, graduates receive free technical assistance, resources, and support from staff and WEB's extensive network of volunteers. WEB also helps clients finance their ventures - assisting in the preparation of loan application packages for loans up to $250,000 and finding an appropriate lender. Cost for the full program - only $85 to $325, depending on income. Contact: WEB, Inc., 1118 Light St., Ste 202, Baltimore, MD 21230, 410-727-4921

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