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Tip Sheet for the week of Dec. 18, 2006

RELEASED: Dec. 18, 2006

Story/Photo Idea
UW-Eau Claire Continue Education's Entrepreneurial Training Program will host a graduation for 30 people from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Eau Claire River Room of the RCU building in downtown Eau Claire. Community interest in the entrepreneurial program has grown so much that an extra session was added this fall. Graduates will share their business plans during the Dec. 19 event. Small business is important to economic development. According to the SBA, small firms:

  • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
  • Employ half of all private sector employees.
  • Pay 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
  • Have generated 60-80 percent of net new jobs annually over the last decade.
  • Create more than 50 percent of non-farm private gross domestic product.
  • Supplied more than 23 percent of the total value of federal prime contracts in 2004.
  • Produce 13-14 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms.
  • Employ 41 percent of high tech workers (scientists, engineers and computer workers).
  • Are 53 percent home-based and 3 percent franchises.

For details about the Dec. 19 event or the training program, contact Continuing Education at 715-836-3636. The media is welcome at the Dec. 19 event.

Story Idea
Math majors will benefit from an endowed scholarship thanks to the generosity of an alumnus and retired Memorial High School math teacher and tennis coach. Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad made a $25,000 gift to the UW-Eau Claire Foundation to establish the Stanley and Yvonne Hillestad Scholarship, which will provide a $1,000 annual scholarship to an outstanding math major who's demonstrated great potential and financial need. Stanley Hillestad, a 1958 graduate, taught at Memorial for 28 years and was the tennis coach for many years. Yvonne attended UW-Eau Claire in the 1950s. For details, call the Foundation at 715-836-5630.

Photo Idea
The McIntyre Library will be open 24 hours a day the week of finals, Dec. 18-22. Several student organizations will provide free coffee to students who are studying in the library from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. Dec. 17-20. The coffee has been popular with students in the past, with many waiting in long lines to get the coffee. For details, contact Kati Tvaruzka at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

Photo Idea
Kati Tvaruzka will lead a story time session for community children,
kids who attend the Children's Center, and for the children of faculty, staff and students. The 30-minute session will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 20 in the Instructional Media Center in McIntyre Library. The theme is "Jungle Jamboree." Photographers are welcome. For details, contact Kati Tvaruzka at 715-836-4522 or tvaruzke@uwec.edu.

Calendar Item
UW-Eau Claire's fall 2006 semester will end Dec. 22. Administrative offices will be closed Dec. 25 in recognition of the Christmas holiday.

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