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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • UMC Center for Rural Entpreneurial Studies seeks project partners

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  •     Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable help through an opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by U of M Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.
        Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences.
        Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2013 fall semester application deadline is Friday, Aug. 9 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, Nov. 30, 2013. Applicants will be notified about their participation in the program no later than August 20 for fall semester and December 10 for spring semester.
        All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation.
        For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu) or visit umccres.org. The CRES office is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus.
    Background
        The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. The services offered are based on the client's needs.
        The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

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