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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Library to offer entrepreneur tools 2011.09.08

Written by David Green.

The South Central Michigan-Regional Entrepreneurial Collaborative (SCM-REC) announced that a grant for $100,000 will provide two business tools to Stair Public Library and other libraries in Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson counties.  

BusinessDecision and ReferenceUSA are research database tools that provide entrepreneurs with “market intelligence” needed to make informed business decisions. 

“These products will take the guesswork out of most business decisions,” said Christine Quinn, president of South Central Michigan Works! (SCMW!) and the SCM-REC grant administrator. “By utilizing the databases, an entrepreneur will be able to identify market size, location information, and create a targeted list of potential customers. Using these tools will increase the likelihood of success for our local business owners.”

The grant allows for both products to be added to the library’s services for three years and will be available for use at no cost. The databases may also be used from outside of the library using a library card for authentication.  

The databases are currently accessible at the Adrian Public Library (City of Adrian) and this grant will expand the availability of the databases to the following libraries in addition to Morenci:

• Lenawee County: Hudson Public Library, Lenawee County Library, Schultz-Holmes Memorial Library (Blissfield), Tecumseh District Library;

• Hillsdale County: Hillsdale Community Library;

• Jackson County: Jackson District Library.

The database tools are expected to be installed and ready for use in October. Training sessions for librarians, economic development officials, financial institutions and civic leaders are planned for mid-October. Anyone interested in  participating in the training sessions or in future sessions for entrepreneurs and local businesses should contact the library.

The SCM-REC receives funds through the Workforce Development Agency-State of Michigan (WDASOM), formerly known as the Department of Energy Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG).

The goals of the collaborative are to: identify and support entrepreneurism within the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee; collaborate and promote existing entrepreneurial programs within the South Central Michigan area; and to provide a “No Wrong Door” access point for service providers and entrepreneurs. The website www.espotmi.org is a portal that can be used to access business information within the tri-county area.

• For additional information, visit www.espotmi.org or contact Catherine Abad, SCM-REC Coordinator, at 517/263-4700. 

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