Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 1:00am

Urban League holds job fair

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee will hold a 2005 Spring Job Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 600 28th Ave. in North Nashville.

More than 30 leading employers - including HCA, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority and Central Parking System - will be looking to fill jobs in administration, health care and trade industries.

For more information, contact Anita Martin, director of the Workforce Development Services, at 254-0525.

The Urban League of Middle Tennessee, an affiliate of the National Urban League, is a community based nonprofit that has served the Nashville and Middle Tennessee area since 1968. The Urban League is committed to ensuring that African-Americans enter and stay in the economic and social mainstream of America.

Harrington named in 'Top 25 Women Business Builders'

Cordia Harrington, the owner of Dickson-based Tennessee Bun Co., placed 16th on Fast Company magazine's "Top 25 Women Business Builders." A former McDonald's franchiser, Harrington now supplies more than 600 McDonald's with buns from her high-tech automated bakery.

In Fast Company's May issue, on newsstands April 19, it tabs the top 25 women business builders in the country, pointing out that women account for 70 percent of all new business ventures in the United States. The magazine partnered with the Women's President Organization to give these entrepreneurs their due, having honored them at the WPO's annual conference in Toronto on April 7.

TSU partners with IBM

Tennessee State University and IBM officials announced that the university is the first in the state to join IBM's $5 million Academic Initiative, which prepares students for highly paid and competitive information technology jobs.

As a partner in this initiative, participating schools receive free access to IBM software, free course material, training and curriculum development and discounted hardware.

IBM is working with select schools to achieve three key objectives: Training an IT workforce to fill the new kinds of jobs that are emerging at IBM and across the industry; providing the right skills to the next generation of IT workers to ensure they are qualified for the jobs of tomorrow; and ensuring that universities have the most current, relevant curricula that map to the kinds of jobs that are expected, so schools can be attractive for enrollment, funding and growth.

SBA offers loan workshop

The Small Business Administration will offer a free workshop April 26 that will provide important information on how to effectively finance a new or existing business. Learn step-by-step how to apply for an SBA Community Express Loan through Innovative Bank - available in $5,000, $10,000 and $15,000 increments. Loans are available for businesses including start-ups, construction, home-based, Internet, or existing businesses looking to expand.

Bring the following documents if you wish to apply for a loan: Photo copy of your driver's license or official ID; social security number; evidence of LPRA status if not a citizen; federal tax ID number; and your business checkbook. No financial statements or collateral are required. The workshop will be held at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6 p.m at 50 Vantage Way, Suite 201. For more information call 736-7621.

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