|Top Ten Program Ideas
for REAP Associations
We share a list of ideas to help you plan your REAP
Association year. But first, the size of your
association doesn't matter, quality is what counts.
What can just a good core group of four members
accomplish? The Johnson County Small Business Network (JCSBN)
has primarily had four active members the last couple
years. Even so, they meet monthly and always have a
program or discussion topic ready.
They rely on each other as they take turns lining up the
monthly program. Generally the member in charge for the
month researches a topic and brings information to the
group. They also use their area REAP business specialist
to present at their quarterly visits or they call on
REAP for videos or use topics that we suggest in the
Each year, JCSBN sponsors a business seminar open to the
public. This is their way of promoting the organization
and helping educate other businesses in the area.
The group does not focus on the special uses or loan
loss reserve account balances and other association
businesses as much. Their staying power has come from
using the core REAP association purpose of networking,
supporting each other, and providing educational topics
and programs for members.
Congratulations to the members of JCSBN for your
sustained friendship and help to each other through the
Top Ten Ideas
What topics have you decided on for your association
meetings? Perhaps there is a video on the topic in the
REAP library or in your local library, or you might find
someone in your community that can present the topic.
How about taking turns and having a member who is
interested in a topic do research and lead the
discussion? Don’t forget to call on your REAP Business
Specialist for information or programs they may be able
- FISH! Philosophy – particularly as it relates to
- Gone through changes lately? A survey of your
- Advertising seminar – “Ads That Win the Race”
- Insurance considerations for your small business.
- What can eCommerce do for you?
- What’s the right “Price”? Considerations as you
establish your product or service price.
- Time management – Not Enough Hours on Your Clock?
- How’s your credit? The importance of keeping it
- Collection strategies – maintaining a current
- Computer maintenance – Are you getting the most
from your machine?