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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

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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