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Revolving Loan Fund Committee

Tuolumne County is seeking applications for an open position on the County Small Business Revolving Loan Fund Committee.

Those interested should call the board of supervisors clerk for an application at 533-5521.

Grant received

Tuolumne County has received a $300,000 grant from the State Community Block Grant Program to issue additional small business loans.

Small business can apply for $25,000 to $250,000 in loans, but must create one full-time job for each $35,000 borrowed and provide collateral for the loan.

Loans are most often used for working capital and equipment, but can also be used for acquisition or construction. Interest rates are typically below market and terms are for five to seven years.

The county's small business revolving load fund has already issued $4.9 million in loans to 50 businesses.

For more information or to apply for a small business loan, call Bill McEntire at 533-0970 or Ken Wells at 533-5012.

Farm workshop

The University of California Cooperative Extensions in Amador and Calaveras counties continue their small farm workshop series Friday with "Maximizing Direct Market Appeal, Post-Harvest Handling for Direct Marketers, Value Added Processing for Small Growers."

The program runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including lunch, at the Amador County Health and Human Service Building, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek. There is a $15 fee.

The class is for small-scale farmers who are directly marketing their products through farmers' markets or other outlets. It will cover how to improve and maximize direct market appeal, how to handle crops between harvest and sale and processing products to add additional value.

The workshop will be taught by Shermain Hardesty, Ph. D. and Marita Cantwell, Ph. D. Hardesty is the director of the UC Small Farm Program and Cooperative Extension Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. Cantwell is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in post-harvest physiology, handling and storage of intact and fresh cut vegetables.

For more information, e-mail skriletich@ucdavis.edu.

Register online by today at the website ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=6828.