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VISA Start-Ups

While the funding faucet has been turned off for many small businesses VISA is handing out some real seed money. This week, three start-ups were selected as part of VISA’s Start-Up 2000 national program. The program looks to find, fund and grow three small businesses (with 20 employees or less and under two years old). After undergoing a selection process from over 500 entries the following firms were selected Millennium 3 Clinical Consulting Inc. (NC), Ready Notes (Davis, CA), and Original Juan Specialty Foods, Inc. (Kansas City, KS). Each company will receive $25K in start-up funding in the format of a VISA Business card through US Bank, its bank partner; up to $50K in products/services from the program’s business partners, Compaq, E-Stamp, Office Depot, and Symantec; and free training from educational sponsors The Kauffman Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE). For more information visit

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