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Choices Program participants can now scratch their entrepreneurial itches with loans available from the Microenterprise Loan Development Program, a joint program of the Brazos Valley Council of Governments and the Texas Engineering Extension Service’s Economic Development Administration – University Center.

Start-up capital in the form of loans of $500 or more will be made available to qualified individuals to begin small businesses, such as day care, building maintenance, lawn and garden service, concession stand or small engine repair.

The Choices Program provides work-related activities and support to assist applicants and recipients of temporary cash assistance to find employment, eventually eliminating the need for public assistance.

To qualify, interested Choices Program participants must demonstrate that they are actively seeking employment, want to start their own businesses and are willing to learn basic business skills through courses available from the Small Business Development Center, Blinn College or other providers.

“This innovative program will provide resources so that TOP (Tenant Opportunities Program) participants who learned basic business skills can implement them by starting their own businesses,” explained Deborah Webb, program manager for the EDA-University Center.

For more information, visit the Texas Workforce Commission offices in one of the following counties: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington.

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