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State Farm® Provides $5,000 to Support Entrepreneurial Education

April 25, 2012 Lancaster, PA – ASSETS Lancaster announces the receipt of a $5,000 contribution from State Farm Companies Foundation to support ASSETS’ Business Design and Management Course.

Funding will be used in direct support of the program – covering direct expenses in providing educational materials to clients.

ASSETS Lancaster changes lives and promotes economic development by providing business support services to aspiring entrepreneurs. It was founded in 1993 by Mennonite Economic Development Associates to complement the microenterprise work that MEDA does internationally to alleviate poverty through business solutions.

In the past 19 years, ASSETS has served over 1,500 individuals and helped to create hundreds of local businesses and local jobs. It depends on the support of dedicated businesspeople who share their experiences and knowledge through its training and mentoring program. Marco Salinas (far right in photo) is a local State Farm agent who has served as an ASSETS trainer and counselor for several years.

Supporting underserved entrepreneurs is key to ASSETS’ mission and since 1993, over 80% of ASSETS clients have been low- to moderate-income individuals, over 65% are racial and cultural minorities and well over 50% are women.

“State Farm’s mission is to be help people realize their dreams”, said State Farm Lancaster agent, Marco Salinas who presented the check at this month’s board meeting.  “State Farm connects to neighborhoods where we live and work. Organizations like ASSETS share our vision and commitment to building safer, stronger, and better educated communities.”