Cobb Microenterprise Council receives grant honor

The Cobb Microenterprise Council‚ which helps low− and moderate− income people…

Georgia (Oct 30, 2001) — Cobb Microenterprise Council receives grant honor



The Cobb Microenterprise Council‚ which helps low− and moderate− income people gain the skills they need to start their own businesses‚ has received two significant honors.

The U.S. Small Business Administration Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs (PRIME) has agreed to provide $250‚000 in financial support. "The Microenterprise Council has already helped 160 entrepreneurs embark on a path to successful business ownership‚" Patricia Harris‚ executive director of the council‚ said. "This grant will allow us to double the number of clients we can serve in the future." The PRIME program is designed to assist organizations providing help‚ technical assistance or research for the benefit of disadvantaged microentrepreneurs.

The Cobb Microenterprise Council also has been named one of three finalists for the 2001 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus−Community Collaboration. Former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker at the award program‚ scheduled Nov. 15.

"The grant and the finalist spot for the Carter Partnership Award are both great acknowledgements of the success of this critical enterprise‚" said Tim Mescon‚ dean of the Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University‚ where the Microenterprise Council is based. "But the real measures of success are the graduates of the program‚ who leave with the ability to make their American dream a reality."


Kennesaw State University‚ a progressive‚ comprehensive institution with a growing student population of 14‚000‚ offers more than 50 degree programs. Out of 34 institutions‚ KSU is the sixth largest in the University System of Georgia.


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