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
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
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.