>A new information kiosk at the local library is a good place for potential business owners to browse
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under the auspices of SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) recently expanded its reach to Prineville and Crook County by installing a small business information kiosk or PC in the Crook County Library.
   The small business kiosk provides immediate access to SBA's programs and services and assists the Prineville and Crook County communities in nurturing entrepreneurs.
   "The small business kiosk is a great visual aid for getting information on how to start or expand a small business," says Cati Thomas, community relations representative for Crook County Library.
   Small businesses are run by about 25 million people across American who own and operate their own enterprise. From solo entrepreneurs to companies with hundreds of employees, helping small businesses get started is the goal of the U.S. Small Businesses Administration.
   "The kiosk also provides a place to pick up resource guides on where to find help and information on starting and financing a small business, and the library also benefits because it can display books on the same subject. The library is now a one-stop shopping center on small business," Thomas said. "So far, over 25 guides have been taken showing that there is an interest in small and home-based businesses in Prineville and Crook County."
   The SCORE Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.
   SCORE is a resource partner with the Small Business Administration (SBA). SCORE Association volunteers serve as "Counselors to America's Small Business."
   Working and retired executives and business owners donate their time and expertise as volunteer business counselors and provide confidential counseling and mentoring free of charge.
   For more information about SCORE call John Lang at 923-2849 or the Prineville Crook County Chamber of Commerce at 447-6304. To see the SmallBusiness Administration kiosk and browse the information at the library drop by 9-8 Mon.-Wed., 9-6, Thurs.-Fri. and 10-4 Sat.
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