Federal Stimulus Package Briefing

Apple Valley site hosting event about small-business funding

Entrepreneurs and small-business owners are understandably curious and excited about the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which contains a number of provisions designed to boost the bottom line of small businesses in America, including $730 million in stimulus funds to the Small Business Administration’s loan program.

Understanding the need to drill down to the details in the Recovery Act, the Dakota County Technical College Apple Valley site is hosting a Federal Stimulus Package Briefing on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at the Partners in Higher Education building in Apple Valley, Minn. The event, which is sponsored by the Dakota-Scott WorkForce Investment Board, Dakota Future, the Institute for Business, Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Twin Cities Entrepreneurs, takes place from 8–9 a.m. and will include a seminar about the federal stimulus package followed by an intensive Q & A session.

Information will be available from the SBA and the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development. Experts will also be available to go over the facts about small business loans, entrepreneurship assistance and training opportunities.

Christine Pigsley, DCTC associate dean of business entrepreneurship, reported that the Business Services Committee of the Dakota-Scott County WorkForce Investment Board came up with the idea for the event.

“We’ve all heard a great deal of talk about the stimulus package, but until recently few details have been released about how the money is going to be utilized,” Pigsley said. “Bringing agencies in the know directly to the small business community is a great way to get the word out.”

Cindy Johnson, coordinator of South of the River Entrepreneur Programs for the Dakota-Scott County WorkForce Investment Board, was instrumental in putting the event together. She believes that events such as this one will help move the process along and have a significant positive impact on small businesses in the state.

“People coming to the event will take away a better understanding of the stimulus package,” Johnson said. “They will learn how the funds can be used to help entrepreneurial enterprises and small businesses grow and prosper.”

Federal Stimulus Package Briefing
Funding for Small Businesses

Wednesday, July 8, 2009
8–9 a.m.
Partners in Higher Education Building
14200 Cedar Avenue
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Contact Information

  • Christine Pigsley
    Associate Dean of Business Entrepreneurship
    Dakota County Technical College