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Sen. Sam Aanestad reports that the counties of Glenn, Nevada and Siskiyou and a number of cities in the 4th Senate District have been awarded grant funding from the 2005-06 Economic Development Enterprise Fund Allocation.

The Enterprise Fund is part of the California Community Development Block Grant Program administered by the State Department of Housing and Community Development. Northern California cities selected for grant funding include Dorris, Montague, Mount Shasta, Oroville and Yreka.

“This type of grant funding will create new jobs and new business opportunities in Northern California, which has always been one of my primary goals for the 4th Senate District,” said Aanestad, R-Grass Valley. “It is directed to small business creation, and small business is the backbone of the U.S. economy.”

Economic Development Enterprise Fund Allocations are dispersed in the form of grants for small business and microenterprise assistance.

A microenterprise is generally considered to be a private business with five or less employees, which requires $35,000 or less in start up capital, and which does not have access to the traditional commercial banking sector.

The funding includes $300,000 each for microenterprise assistance in the counties of Glenn, Nevada and Siskiyou. In addition, the cities of Dorris, Montague, Oroville and Yreka have each been awarded $300,000 in Enterprise Fund Grants. The city of Mount Shasta will receive $236,000.

The counties and cities selected for funding can use the grants for business loans that will result in the creation or retention of jobs, or public infrastructure improvements needed to accommodate specific business expansion or retention projects that will result in the creation or retention of jobs.

Free skin cancer screening available

The Sierra Nevada Cancer Center is sponsoring free skin cancer screening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 6 at Sierra Nevada Hospital Outpatient Services Building.

Dr. Matthew Muellenhoff will perform visual examinations. No appointment is necessary, first come, first served basis.

For more information call 274-6872.

– The Union staff

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