Information center for small businesses to open

  By Julie Fann
  star staff
  A community information center available to the public to help those interested in improving job skills and starting small businesses will open soon in Elizabethton.
  Connie Baker, president of the African-American Community Committee, said the center will open in mid-October. Baker and four volunteers are seeking non-profit status to open the center and plan to offer a variety of services to the public.
  "The mission of the community information center will be to stimulate economic growth in our community by instilling pride, building self-esteem, improving skills, and providing jobs," states a press release from Baker.
  Baker said that until an official location is established, the center will operate out of her home at 811 Watauga Ave.
  "We have approximately eight small businesses that are wanting to start up, anything from retaurants to daycare centers, and our goal is to assist other people, regardless of who they are. We plan to have workshops. We want to address community needs," said Baker.
  Other services the center will offer are tutoring programs and assistance in completing tax returns. "We want also to take a poll of things our community is extremely interested in," Baker said.
  For more information about the center, call Connie Baker at 542-8813.