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10:11 PM, Sep. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Local business counselor honored

Mary Wescott, business counselor with the Wisconsin Small Business Development Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has been announced as the 2013 Wisconsin SBDC State Star.

State Stars are exemplary performers who have made significant contributions to their state SBDC programs and have demonstrated a strong commitment to small businesses. Wescott was recognized, along with other State Stars, at the 33rd annual Conference of America's Small Business Development Centers in Orlando, Fla., on Sept. 9.

"Working alongside entrepreneurs is inspirational," said Wescott in a news release. "They work long hours and show great commitment in starting and building their businesses. They are vital to a growing economy."

Hosted through University of Wisconsin-Extension at four-year UW campuses statewide, SBDCs work with business owners and entrepreneurs to facilitate business growth, improve business performance and launch successful new companies. Last year, Wescott advised 115 business owners and entrepreneurs, assisting with 20 business starts and creation of 53 jobs.

Buy Local grants due by Oct. 21

The deadline for submitting grant application materials for Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin, a program run by the state's Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, is 4 p.m. Oct. 21.

The purpose of Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants are to reduce the marketing, distribution and processing hurdles in the state's local food system. Pre-proposals will be accepted from individuals, groups, businesses and organizations involved in Wisconsin agriculture - food processing, distribution and warehousing, agricultural tourism sites or retail food establishments.

There is $200,000 of grant funds available, with a maximum award per project of $50,000. Grant applicants must provide cash or in-kind match equal to or greater than 50 percent of the total project cost. Selected projects will be announced in early 2014.

For more information, contact DATCP's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program Manager Teresa Engel at 608-224-5101 or teresa.engel@wi.gov.

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