July 2003      Vol. 12, No. 7  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Women's Business Center Featured on Panel at National Conference
Representatives of REAP share their expertise in serving rural women entrepreneurs.

The REAP Women’s Business Center (WBC) shared information about its structure as a statewide rural business development program at the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Women’s Business Ownership Post Awards conference in June in Fairfax, Virginia.

Glennis McClure, REAP-WBC Director, presented on a panel titled, “The True Key to Sustainability, Taking Our Own Best Entrepreneurial Advice.” Barbara Wrigley, Women’s Business Center of Northern Virginia was the panel moderator. Other panelists included Geri Swift, Women’s Business Development Center of Philadelphia, PA and Amanda Zinn, Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore, MD, Inc.

The panelists discussed their center’s unique characteristics, alliances, ongoing activities, as well as programs and best practices that could lead to economic self-sufficiency.

The three-day conference focused on sustainability and keeping the Women’s Business Centers open and funded across the United States and Virgin Islands. Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Leader and Eugene Rahn, REAP Senior Business Specialist, accompanied Ms. McClure to the conference from Nebraska. While in Washington DC, REAP staff visited Nebraska’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.

The Association for Women’s Business Centers (AWBC) hosted a reception at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday evening June 18. The first AWBC Awards ceremony and launch of a new AWBC multi-media presentation took place at the event.

McClure participated in planning this year’s reception through involvement on the AWBC External Affairs Committee. The AWBC’s mission is to develop and strengthen a global network of Women’s Business Centers to advance the growth and success of women business owners.

Currently there are 83 SBA-affiliated and funded Women’s Business Centers in the U.S. REAP operates the first and only Women’s Business Center in Nebraska. REAP will be entering its third year of a five-year SBA funded project as of July 1, 2003.

 Contact: Glennis McClure, reapwbc@diodecom.net with questions or comments.
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