Apply now for The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI)

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The Center for Rural Development is currently accepting online applications within our 45-county primary service area for this summer’s ELI program.

ELI is an intensive, weeklong program focused on developing creativity, teamwork, business and leadership skills. The Institute is developed, coordinated and supervised by The Center for Rural Development. All lodging, meals, and program expenses (with the exception of transportation to and from the program) are offered at no cost to the student.

“Many of these students will utilize the skills they learn during the week at ELI to become the region’s next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs,” Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center, said.

Activities during the week are both educational and fun. Participants will be divided into teams. The weeklong institute includes classroom instruction, guest speakers, competitions and tours of local businesses. The concluding event will be a team business concept competition and the chance to compete for a college scholarship.

The 2019 program will be held July 22-26, 2019 at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. A total of 20 students from The Center’s 45-county service area will be selected for the program in 2019.

The application deadline is April 2, 2019 at 8 a.m.

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