A new program to help unemployed and low-income people start their own business was scheduled to be unveiled today.
Entitled Business Owner Start-Up Services (BOSS), the program, is one of five state-run entrepreneurial training projects nationwide. Maryland's program, which began operation last Monday, will be piloted in the Baltimore metropolitan area. The other four projects are under way in Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa and Mississippi.
BOSS is designed to provide business-skills training and opportunities for participants to apply for business loans.
"BOSS will offer expertise in getting a business started while providing an option for employment and self-sufficiency," said J. Randall Evans, secretary of the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development (DEED).