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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 7B Workforce group rolls out program to help small businesses James Wilson Saff Writer ' In addition to training potential employees and guiding career paths, the Alliance for Workforce Development recently added helping small businesses to its list of services. The agency received a technical assistance grant from the state Community Development Block Grant funds that enabled it to launch a new program focusing on the growth of small businesses. AFWD currently seeks businesses and entrepreneurs with five or fewer employees to apply for the assistance program. Acceptance into the program is based on factors including family size and income of the business owner, Eligibility is determined based on guidelines defined by the California Housing and Community Development department. These guidelines often change, so it's suggested to meet with an AFWD staff member to check eligibility. "The goal of the program is to develop a countywide business-assistance program for eligible businesses and entrepreneurs to assist them through the various stages of business development," said AFWD executive director Traci Holt. The end result is for businesses participating in the project to complete a business plan, determine the feasibility of their business concept and receive assistance completing the micro-enterprise financial-assistance application, Holt continued. The program offers services such as one-on-one business counseling,, financial and legal counseling, business plan development, management and marketing assistance, and loan preparation and packaging. The grant includes a micro-loan program for small businesses available until Sept. 30, 2015. AFWD anticipates spending around $80,000 on the technical assistance aspect of the grant. To get the bail rolling, however, AFWD needs small businesses to sign up for the program. "AFWD believes that a strong, prosperous business community is key to a sustainable economic development strategy," continued Holt. "Through this project, AFWD will commit to creating an effective strategy that is community based and reliant on partnerships and collaboration." To learn more about the program, contact Joelle Breazier at 283-1606 or Shake, Rattle and Roll at these Halloween 00snesses. Drink Specials, Cash Prizes The leather River Colfoge Foundation Presents Call 283-9900 (Moon's) for More Info Jm '," qLUJ';,  t / 18th Annual Harvest Festival Lake Aimanor Community Church Friday, October 31, 5-8 p.m. Come Join us for some FAMILY FRIENDLY. FUN[ * Trunk or Treat * Crafts * Games for all Ages * Professional Face Painting * Dunk Tank * Cake Walk * Bouncers * Airsoft Target Shoot * Inexpensive Dinner Menu * And More!!! Admission: i large bag of candy per family 1 can food per person for our food bank. All booths and activities are free upon admission (except food booth). No scary or inappropriate costumes please 2610 Highway Ai3 / Lake Almanor / (530) 596-4683 J I (