PHARR The Pharr Literacy Project is currently offering classes that assist individuals starting their own business. Classes are already in session butthere is still time to enroll. This class is scheduled on Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pharr Cultural Arts Center located on 203 W. Park Ave, Pharr.

"Start-Up Pharr" is a six-week summer program organized by the Pharr Literacy Project, the City of Pharr, Pharr Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Texas-Pan American, specifically designed for individuals starting and developing a home or small business. These small businesses include, but are not limited to, computer repair, arts and crafts, retail shops, dance instruction, and lawn services.

The program consists of three levels. Level 1 is a Start-Up Overview that provides a foundation and support system for the next two levels of study. Students will develop business skills and learn about business locations, financial literacy, zoning and permits and how to apply for loans and start-up grants.

Only students who successfully complete Level 1 may enroll in Level 2. The second level of the program will pair students with retired business owners as mentors who can assist them in the completion of their business plan and locatingfunds to finance their start-up. Level 3 will guide them through the process of small business ownership and help them achieve their goals.

Other business and job trainingdevelopment courses offered for adults during the summer session include, GED, ESL at all levels, English Immersion, Retail Sales and Management paired with a Boutique and Job Experience Lab, Introduction toComputers, and Computer Technology. Classes are free although students are expected to provide 10 hours of volunteer service time during the quarter for each class registration.

For more information, contact the Pharr Literacy at 956-783-7746 or register for classes in person during office hours of 8:30 a.m. through 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Friday.