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Business Development Specialist Diane Morey from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation to present at the U of M, Crookston on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008 at 4 p.m.
February 4, 2008

Contact: Eric Burgess, business instructor and SIFE advisor, 218-281-8190 ( Kenneth Johnson, business instructor and SIFE advisor, 218-281-8178 ( Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432

Crookston, Minn. (February 4, 2008) – The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) will host Business Development Specialist Diane Morey from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation (NMF) for a presentation on Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. The presentation on the NMF Entrepreneur Development Program will begin at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Student Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation’s Entrepreneur Development Program provides loans up to $35,000 to help develop small businesses and self-employment opportunities. Staff members work with entrepreneurs to develop business plans and provide ongoing assistance and training. In fiscal year 2007, loans totaling $301,000 were made in the 12 county region of northwest Minnesota. Two hundred fifty businesses and individuals received personal and technical assistance counseling and 80 people in the region attended the classroom training sponsored by NMF and another $7,864 supported consulting to eight entrepreneurial businesses.

The U of M, Crookston SIFE Club is involved with numerous projects to promote free enterprise and create relationships with the local community and the region. SIFE members are driven by the desire to teach and learn about free enterprise.

For more information, contact business instructors and advisors for SIFE: Eric Burgess at 218-281-8190 ( or Kenneth Johnson at 218-281-8178 (

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