JPEC/SBDC/KBBG Minority Business Plan Competition winners announced, receive seed grants<br>JPEC/SBDC/KBBG Minority Business Plan Competition winners announced, receive seed grants<br>

May 30, 2002

Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager, UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, (319) 273-7350
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, IOWA -- BaHar Publishing, owned by Patricia Harris and Cheryl Banks Ferguson, won the Minority Business Plan Competition for 2002 and received $5,000 of seed capital. Tanica Washington of B.L.A.C.K. INK was awarded honorable mention and received $2,000 of seed capital. The competition was sponsored by the University of Northern Iowa John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, UNI Small Business Development Center and KBBG-FM.

The awards were presented at the KBBG-FM 25th Annual Banquet on May 11 by Katherine Cota-Uyar, program manager of UNI's JPEC.

BaHar Publishing will publish a monthly newsletter featuring news and articles of interest to the African-American community in Northeast Iowa. BaHar also will publish books, public relations materials, mailings and other materials needed by small businesses.

B.L.A.C.K. INK is a bookstore, featuring works by African-American authors, in downtown Waterloo.

The Minority Business Plan Competition promotes and supports the development of minority businesses in the Cedar Valley. Nine plans were entered into this first year of the competition.

Cota-Uyar said JPEC's primary goal is to assist student entrepreneurs in launching new firms or expanding current businesses. The center offers seed capital to qualifying student and non-student firms, and provides a variety of educational program opportunities. Consultative services are provided in cooperation with UNI's Small Business Development Center/Regional Business Center. The JPEC is funded by a gift from Des Moines businessman John Pappajohn and his wife, Mary.

For more information, call (319) 273-7350 or go to its Web site at .