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New class of entrepreneurs will graduate June 10

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 May 2014 at 12:00 am

ALBION – They have the dream and aspiration to run their own businesses. Soon they will be done with a 12-week class that will help them avoid pitfalls to success.

A new group of entrepreneurs on June 10 will graduate from the Microenterprise Assistance Program, a class offered by the Orleans Economic Development Agency. The class gives students tips on record-keeping, marketing, legal issues, social media and other issues. Each graduate needs to complete a business plan and some are eligible for low-interest loans through the program.

The EDA has been offering MAP since 1999 and nearly 400 people have completed the class since then. The new group of graduates will celebrate on June 10 by sharing their business plans during a reception at the Crooked Door Tavern.

The spring class includes the following: Kristina Adolph, gift basket business; Brooke Albanese, arts and crafts Etsy sales; Jon Conners, JC Signs; Charles D’Agostino, Cloud Clipper Tea; Larissa DeGraw, wine made with honey; Kathy Grimes, antique restoration; Evelyn Hurt, cleaning service; Eric Richmond, restaurant; Jason Ricker, meat cutter; David Stalker, Medina Transport; Chris Van Dusen, Trailside Bicycles; Nicole Washington, undecided; and Terry Wood, Lonowood Art Co.