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community ■ WANT TO START A BUSINESS? REI CAN HELP


Rural Enterprises Inc. (REI) Oklahoma offers assistance to Oklahomans who would like to start their own business or expand their business. They also offer a host of other services including down payment assistance to encourage more residents to own their home.


For women-owned businesses and minority-owned enterprises, the REI Women’s Business Center and the Native American Business Centers offer unique training, as well as technical and financial assistance services.


The REI website, offers a wealth of information for budding entrepreneurs including business plan outlines, a loan calculator, startup guide and links to scores of organizations and state agencies that can help your business succeed. Visit the site at www.reiok.org, or contact REI at 800-658-2823.


LAWMAKERSWANTMOREMONEY FOR LIHEAP


Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol aisle are recommending there be at least $4.7 billion in funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in fiscal 2015. The measure is supported by electric co-ops nationwide.


Letters calling for the funding were sent to both the chairman and ranking member of the subcommittees overseeing LIHEAP funding. In the House, 137 representatives signed the letter, while 44 senators signed their version.


Noting co-op’s support for more funding, Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NRECA), said “Our message is critical, because the administration proposed an 18 percent cut for LIHEAP.”


In the letter lawmakers state that “continuing lower levels of funding for LIHEAP will have a devastating impact on millions of American families already suffering during the economic downturn.” Total program funding has been reduced from $5.1 billion in FY2010 to $3.4 billion in FY2014—a decrease of more than 30 percent.


Senators warned that “LIHEAP assistance is an indispensable lifeline, helping to ensure that recipients do not have to choose between paying their energy bills and affording other necessities like food and medicine.”


Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. is one of the leaders spearheading the request. Welch noted that LIHEAP funding has been slashed 30 percent in recent years, and that 90 percent of households receiving heating assistance include a child, a senior citizen or a disabled resident.


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Join Choctaw Electric for a morning of crafts, games and activities that teach kids about energy efficiency and electrical safety. Camp will be held at the CEC office in Hugo and Idabel. Kilowatt Kids


Camp is open to all first, second and third grade students —and it’s free!


For more details on Kilowatt Kid’s Camp, please visit www.choctawelectric.coop, or contact Jia Johnson or Brad Kendrick at 800-760-6486, ext. 248.


■ Idabel Camp June 25, 9:00am to 11:30am


■ Hugo Camp July 10, 9:00am to 11:30am


2014 Kilowatt Kids Camp Enrollment Form Student Name (Print) __________________________________________________ Age ______________________ Grade ____________________________________ Parent Name_________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ City___________________________State_____________________Zip_________ Home Phone (____)______-_____ Work (____)____-______Cell (___)_____-______ Allergies: ___________________________________________________________ Medications___________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________


T-Shirt Size (Please Circle): Youth XS (4-6)


Youth S (6-8) Adult S Contact information in case of emergency:


Name______________________________________________________________ Home phone(____)______-______ Cell phone (____)___-_______ Please circle the camp you wish to attend: Idabel Camp: June 25


Hugo Camp: July 10


Mail completed form to: Choctaw Electric Cooperative ATTN: Jia Johnson or Brad Kendrick PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743


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