Project will create 60 jobs and bring sizable investment to the community
Grenada County’s unemployment rate in April of 2014 was 6.7%, down 1.8 percentage points from last year April’s rate of 8.5%
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Operation JumpStart class to be held in Grenada MS
Grenada, Miss (Feb 03, 2012) - Are you ready to be part of an elite group of entrepreneurs who are realizing their dreams of small business ownership? Do you want to jump start an idea or give your current business that needed boost? If so, you cannot afford to miss this training opportunity offered to Grenadians by the Grenada Economic Development District. According to Pablo Diaz, Executive Director of the Grenada EDD, the soon to be offered six-week course, called Operation JumpStart: First Step, is a nationally-recognized, highly successful training model delivered to individuals considering starting or expanding a small business. The Operation JumpStart: First Step curriculum teaches participants essential small business planning and preparation skills with practical hands-on training.
The program will be delivered Monday and Wednesday evenings for six weeks and will be offered from April 9 through May 16. Applications are required and a limited number of participants will be accepted to the program.
According to Diaz, the program is being made possible in Grenada through a partnership of the Grenada EDD, Holmes Community College, the Grenada Bankers Association, and the Chamber of Commerce. "We all are investing in this program because we believe in it and expect the results to positively affect job creation through entrepreneurial activity," said Sandra Trussell , a member of the Grenada Bankers Association.
During the six-week training program, entrepreneurs will work to complete feasibility and business plans for their businesses to prepare them for success as they start or expand their businesses. In addition to the class facilitators, participants will have access to business coaches to help them develop their business plans. The class will culminate with a graduation ceremony and a business plan competition among the class participants. The entrepreneur that wins the business plan competition will receive a $1,500.00 seed grant to help them open their business or expand their existing small business.
Frank Bradford Regions Bank Branch Sales Manager states, "Growing our economy from within is important to Grenada’s long term success. The Operation Jumpstart program offers to entrepreneurs the opportunity to get essential training that lenders look for when considering applications for financing. I am excited to see the program brought to our community and I hope people will take advantage of it."
The Grenada County Economic Development District (the EDD) is the official economic development entity for Grenada County and an MDA partner. Pablo Diaz is Executive Director of the Grenada County Economic Development District.
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