February 2003      Vol. 12, No. 2  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Mind Your Own Business Youth Workshop

In December, 24 students from Mrs. Hahnís Introduction to Business course at Auburn High School were active in REAPís youth workshop called Mind Your Own Business. The workshop was incorporated into the classís regular time plus part of home-room time for the students.

The class was divided into six groups, and each groupís assignment was to create a business. They worked on the business name, logo, image, customer relations, personnel issues, and marketing ideas. The purpose was to get the students thinking about the possibility and positives or negatives of being an entrepreneur.

Monica Braun and Glennis McClure, SE Nebraska Business Specialists for REAP, led the workshop. Both felt that it was time well spent with the students in Auburn. Evaluation comments from the students showed that they enjoyed the workshop and learned something about business ownership from the experience.

South Central Business Development Assoc. Members Serve on Business Panel
Keith Roberts, current chairperson, and Paul Laverack of the South Central Business Development Association served on a ďSmall BusinessĒ panel at an early January meeting of the South Platte United Chamber of Commerce meeting in Holdrege.

Roberts and Laverack explained REAPís invaluable assistance to them in providing both technical assistance and small business loans for their enterprises. Two other area businesses were also featured on the Chamber panel.

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