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Free Small Business and Self-Employment Services Website  -  USA

 Dept. of Education: Millions of Dollars for FY 2000 Grants Available -  USA

Microsoft Charitable Foundation Assets Top $17.1 Billion -  USA

 Veterans' Employment and Training Services at the U.S. Department of Labor publishes quarterly newsletter -  USA

Starting Your Own Business -  USA

Free Small Business and Self-Employment Services Website

An enhancement of one of the projects funded by the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities is the Small Business and Self Employment Service website located at the Job Accommodation Network (JAN). The site contains resources related to self-employment and small business options for people with disabilities.  It includes multiple listings of available resources and is updated constantly.  Visit the site at  http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/sbses/.

 Dept. of Education: Millions of Dollars for FY 2000 Grants Available

Although the deadline and eligibility requirements vary, the Office of Special Education is seeking applicants for five programs in 2000.  All programs must involve people with disabilities or their parents in planning, implementing and evaluating the projects.  Programs include:  Research and Innovation (for children with disabilities), Technical Assistance and Dissemination, Technology and Media Services, and Community Parent Resource Centers. Application forms for all programs are available from Education Publications Center, Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel (877) 433-7827; TDD( 877) 576-7734 or FAX (301) 470-1244 or E-mail edpubs@inet.ed.gov .  Further information is available at the Dept. of Education (202) 205-9817.

The U.S. Dept. of Education will also fund up to 28 awards for vocational rehabilitation service projects for American Indians with disabilities. April 21, 2000 is the deadline for about $9 million  available in this program. Contact ED Pubs, Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398. Tel: (877) 433-7827; TTY (877) 576-7734 or E-mail edpubs@inet.ed.gov

Microsoft Charitable Foundation Assets Top $17.1 Billion

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's assets went over $17 billion when Bill Gates and his spouse consolidated their two separate foundations.  The couple give $5 billion to the foundation each fiscal quarter.  The foundation's main interests so far are in funding projects in education (teacher partnerships), libraries (in low income communities) and global health (women and children's health issues).  To learn more, visit web site at  http://www.gatesfoundation.org/.

 Starting Your Own Business.  

Contact the Small Business Administration at http://www.sba.gov for everything from loans to outreach initiatives for women and minority-owned businesses. The site also provides e-mail counseling and mentoring, online educational courses, and a database of federal, state and private contracts available to small firms.



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