April  2003      Vol. 12, No. 4  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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The Richardson County Business Development Association (RCBDA) teamed with the Falls City Area Chamber of Commerce, Falls City Economic Development, and REAP to host the Business Plan Basics Training. A local business, UMB - USA, helped defray some of the costs of the course with a donation to RCBDA as well.

The course started on March 11 and is scheduled to conclude April 8. Stephanie Shrader of Business Services, Inc., Nebraska City is facilitating the class with 10 businesses involved. The participants in the training are working on updating or creating their business plans.

This course is a service to the community and helped recruit several new members to the RCBDA group. In March, RCBDA elected their officers for the year: President, Janet Wilson, owner of Snappy Dragon Designs; Treasurer, Becky Gilkerson, owner of Bec’s Chair for Hair; Secretary, Marilyn Capps, owner of MC Tax Prep; Public Relations Officer, Mary Martineau.

The Nemaha County Business Assistance Team (NCBAT) developed their 2003 yearly program plan to include monthly meetings at various member owned businesses. In April the group will visit the new “Lot-A-Books” business in downtown Auburn, which was recently established by Linda Maine, President of NCBAT.

For their May meeting, members will meet at Honey Creek School near Peru, Nebraska and will learn about recent entrepreneurial development ideas from the director and members of the Nemaha County Development Alliance. Linda Tynon, a new member to NCBAT will also share information on the development of her new web-based company regarding travel and tour information.

Denver, Colorado will be the setting for the 2003 Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference on May 16-19, 2003. All REAP staff will attend this training event.
The AEO Conference is the best opportunity for us to learn about the newest innovations in microenterprise programming, expand our skills, and network with an international group of practitioners, programs, and funders.

REAP is respected nationally and internationally. This respect is totally in relation to the dynamic entrepreneurs that participate in the REAP program.

The REAP Member Business Directory for 2003 will be printed soon. If you submitted an entry, a copy will be mailed to you in the coming weeks. Over 200 individual businesses are listed this year.

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