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Rotary Club Extends Warm Welcome

By Allyson Coleman


I would like to take a moment to formally thank the Rotary Club for kindly inviting me to speak at their meeting this past week in Water Valley.  It is truly an honor to be considered vital enough in the community to be invited to present at club meetings like these.
Having the opportunity to come and speak to your group about my Community Resource Development position with the MSU Extension Service proves that the new CRD positions are working and  help create awareness on the importance of Community and Economic Development within Yalobusha County.  
I was overwhelmed with your attentiveness and hospitality shown by every single member that was present. It’s events like this that remind us how wonderful our county truly is.  Thanks again- Allyson Coleman
Do you have an idea for a small business?
Or do you already own a small business?  
Then this upcoming class may be just the thing for you. On Tuesday, Novem-ber 18 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a “Basic Steps to Starting a Small Business” class at the Yalobusha County Extension Service Office. This class will present relevant information on topics such as how to evaluate a potential retail market, determining start-up costs including having sufficient working capital, applicable licenses and permits, development of a simple business plan with cash flow projections, business financing including conventional loans and SBA guaranty loans, legal business structures, and insurance/risk management.      
This class is designed for business entrepreneurs who have little or no prior business experience and is presented in an informal, interactive classroom environment. The fee for this class is $2, and you must sign up for this class in order to insure that we have enough participation for it to occur.  Space is limited for this program, so please call in by Monday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. to reserve your spot.

Using Digital Cameras Class
Do you have a fancy digital camera?  
Are you unsure how to get the most out of your digital camera?  Well we have the class for you! On Thursday, November 6 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. I am offering a “Using Digital Cameras Class.” With the holiday season fast approaching, we are all scrambling around to make plans with family and friends. But after it is all said and done and the last stocking is put back into the decoration storage box, all we truly have left to remember the season is our pictures.  So if you would like to learn how to use your digital camera to take breathtaking pictures of your loved ones during the holiday season, come join us for this informative program.  
This class is the first of two digital camera programs that will be offered in November and will be held at the Yalobusha County Extension Office. The fee for the class is a $1 and you must sign up in order to insure that we have enough participation.  Space is limited for this program, so please call in by Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 5:00 p.m. to reserve your spot.

Editing Digital Photos
There will also be an “Editing Digital Photos” class on Thursday, November 20 from 1:30-3:30 in the afternoon at the Yalobusha County Extension Office. This class is going to be a follow-up class from the digital camera class.  
Once we have taught you how to use your digital camera to take amazing holiday shots, we would like to take it a step farther and teach you how to edit your photos on your computer to get a professional look. Many times we take an amazing photo, but maybe it is a little blurry or someone in the picture has red eyes.  
In this class we will teach you how you can correct all this through software on your computer.  We want to ensure that you have wonderful pictures to remember your upcoming holiday season for years to come!  
This class costs $1.  Again, you must sign up for this class in order to insure that we have enough participation for it to occur.  Space is limited for this program, so please call in by Wednesday, Nov. 19th at 5:00 p.m. to reserve your spot.

Goods & Services Surveys
The Department of Community Development & Government with the MSU Extension Service is collecting survey data on goods and service spending of citizens within the county.  The survey is a general survey on where you purchase your goods (groceries, auto parts, appliances, lumber/hardware, clothing, lawn and garden supplies, and much more) and other various services (childcare, legal services, eye exams, dental care, health care, and much more).  If you would like to participate in this anonymous survey, feel free to stop by the MSU Yalobusha County Extension Office and fill one out or take one home to mail in later.  Any help we can get in filling these surveys out is greatly appreciated.

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