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  • Jan. 29, 2017 - 1:46 AM

Tenaska Georgia Partners accepting college scholarship applications

Tenaska Georgia Partners, L.P., owner of Tenaska Georgia Generating Station near Franklin, is sponsoring $2,000 in academic scholarships for college-bound Heard County High School seniors again this year.

Students graduating in spring 2017 who plan to attend a two- or four-year post-secondary education program at an accredited institution may apply. Applications can be obtained from the Heard County High School guidance counselor and must be submitted no later than Feb. 15. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.

The partnership has awarded 40 scholarships totaling $29,500 to students in Heard County since 2002.

“Tenaska is proud to support the future leaders of Heard County,” said Donnie Scott, plant manager for Tenaska Georgia Generating Station in a press release. “These college scholarships foster continued success for these promising high school students and for the community.”

A committee at Tenaska’s headquarters will select the college-bound seniors to receive the scholarships. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that they are prepared for college study, have good character and rank in the top 50 percent of their class.

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SBA launches 2017 InnovateHER Business Challenge

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced the launch of the 2017 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, a nationwide business competition to drive attention and resources to innovative products and services that make our lives easier and longer. Competitors vie for $70,000 in prize money provided to SBA for the InnovateHER competition through a gift from the Sara Blakely Foundation.

“The return of SBA’s InnovateHER Business Challenge presents an exciting opportunity for some of our nation’s foremost entrepreneurs and innovators,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet in a press release. “Women represent half of the U.S. workforce and control 80 percent of the nation’s purchasing power, but still make up less than five percent of venture capitalists. I decided to launch this annual competition two years ago so that we could begin to address that opportunity gap, because when women have an equal role in the marketplace and are able to chart their own paths, our nation as a whole is stronger and more globally competitive.”

 

InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge recently kicked off in winter of 2017 with local competitions to be hosted by universities, accelerators, clusters, scale-up communities, SBA resource partners, and other economic development organizations. Through the competition, SBA is seeking to amplify products or services that fill a need in the marketplace and have the potential for commercialization. SBA continues in its efforts to expand the InnovateHER Challenge, focusing on empowering more women in the investment and innovation space. Additional details on the InnovateHER can be found on the online competition platform www.challenge.gov. For more information including competition rules, go to www.sba.gov/innovateHER.

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Local business connections & opportunities

Feb. 1

Business Womens Planning Meeting, 4-5:30 p.m. The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, 23 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan. For more information, visit www.newnancowetachamber.org.

Feb. 2

Mystery Dinner Theater 69th Annual Meeting, 5:30-8:00 p.m. The Newnan Centre

1515 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan, For more information, visit www.newnancowetachamber.org.

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