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New Director of Jobs & Business Development at Western Dairyland

Karman Briggs has been named the Director of Jobs and Business Development for Western Dairyland EOC, Inc.  Briggs will work to further the community action agency's mission to alleviate poverty-related conditions by working with historically underserved populations, which include women, minorities, veterans, disabled and low-income individuals interested in starting, expanding or improving small businesses. These goals are accomplished through the activities of the Western Dairyland Business Center and the Western Dairyland Women's Business Center, which conduct large group business trainings, facilitate monthly business networking events, provide one-on-one business counseling and by hosting the annual Women's Business Conference.

Briggs received a B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, as well as certificates in Web Development & Design, Finance & Accounting, and Non-Profit Leadership. Prior to being the Director of Jobs and Business Development, she established inventor & entrepreneur networks, developed a youth entrepreneurship program, and managed an e-commerce site for small Wisconsin businesses. Since 2009, she has coordinated the Western Dairyland Women's Business Conference, a yearly event that attracts hundreds of business owners and entrepreneurs from across the Midwest.

Briggs replaces outgoing director Renee Walz, who is retiring after 19 years with the agency. More information about Western Dairyland and the Western Dairyland Business Center may be found at www.WesternDairyland.org and www.SuccessfulBusiness.org.

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