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Oct. 15, 2004

UW-RF Prof Conducts Study on St. Croix Businesses

St. Croix County small businesses who are selected to be part of a study of self-employment by University of Wisconsin-River Falls economics Professor John Walker have a chance to win tickets to the Minnesota Vikings-Green Bay Packer football game in Minneapolis on Christmas Eve.

Walker is conducting research on self-employed business proprietors in St. Croix County. A random sample of 900 of the 2,100 self-employed small businesses in the county have been selected for the study. This includes sole proprietors, incorporated businesses, partnerships, and independent contractors.

Questionnaires, which will take about 15 minutes to complete, will be sent to the selected businesses within the next few weeks. All information submitted to the study is completely confidential. A self-addressed, stamped envelope will be provided.

Participants in the study will be entered to win two tickets to the Vikings-Packers game on Dec. 24, 2004. Three pairs of tickets will be randomly awarded.

Following completion of the study, results will be available to the public in an effort to inform decision-makers seeking to improve economic opportunities in west-central Wisconsin. The results will also contribute to Synergy 2005, an annual conference which brings together businesses, local governments, and universities in western Wisconsin to promote economic growth. Walker's study is also inspired in part by the "Wisconsin Idea" in which Wisconsin universities share their resources to promote community development.

For more information, contact call 715/425-3337 or email


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