Self-employment as a new career opportunity is the topic of a series of free weekly workshops for San Juan and Grand County residents now through Dec. 12.

Assessing potential of new business ideas, preparing an effective business plan, contracting services to others or acquiring government contracts, and finding capital through loans or other avenues to finance a business will be addressed during the series: "Entrepreneurship: A New Career Opportunity."Four sessions each will be held in Moab, Blanding and Monticello, sponsored by the Southeast Utah Local Association of Governments, the Private Industry Council and Job Service.

Targeted participants are displaced mine workers, but the training will be provided anyone who wants to consider the self-employment alternative, said instructor Dixie Barksdale, association economic development specialist.

Barksdale said the training is approved by the Private Industry Council and Job Service for participants receiving workmen's compensation or unemployment benefits.

Classes will continue Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Blanding; and Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Monticello. Weekly scheduling varies according to community.

The Blanding session will be held from 7-9 p.m. at City Hall. Monticello classes are set for 7-9 p.m. at the San Juan County Courthouse.