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Starting in early September, DeWitt County entrepreneurs will have the chance to learn the ins-and-outs of what it takes to manage a successful business.


The business boot camp program is a crash course in running a successful business and Clinton City Administrator, Tim Followell told Regional Radio News Tuesday morning on the WHOW morning show this is a program focused on helping out the small business community.



The program is modeled after a program in Monticello and their Director of Community Development, Callie McFarland told Regional Radio News also on the WHOW Morning Show, it not only established new businesses in their downtown and elsewhere in the community, but it also brought new energy to their existing businesses.



The program in Clinton will operate a lot like Monticello's. At the end of the five-week course, potential business owners can apply for up to a $5,000 grant to go towards their startup. Followell explains the business awarded this grant will be asked to set up shop in the downtown area.



The program is all-encompassing for DeWitt County. While Followell says the grant opportunity is aimed to be for a downtown Clinton business, he wants anyone in DeWitt County thinking about starting their own business to be a part of this opportunity. 



You can get more information on the Clinton program by searching "Clinton Bootcamp" on Facebook and there you will find the application for the program, which is free for anyone in DeWitt County. Clinton city officials are targeting around September 5 for the first session to start. 

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