Rural Enterprise Reporter
REAP Activities: Highlights include Honors,
Trainings, New Areas
- REAP staff attended the Association for Enterprise
Opportunity (AEO) national conference in Denver, Colorado.
- REAP participated at the Centerís Annual Meeting in
November 2002. Several sessions focusing on small business
The 2002 REAP awards were distributed at the annual meeting.
REAP Small Business of the Year was Paul and Sherri Lavarack;
Friend of the Year was Gaila Gilliland; Officer of the Year
was Michelle Truax; and Extra Mile Awards were presented to
Jim Frager, Neil Van Boening, and Mark Werthmann.
- The Center for Rural Affairsí Entrepreneur Award is
presented to an innovative person working with REAP and at the
forefront of microenterprise development. Long-time REAP
member Marlene Van Diest, Sandhills Pottery, Dunning, NE was
the second-ever recipient of this award.
- REAP of the Center for Rural Affairs was recognized by the
Nebraska Rural Development Commission (RDC) as one of the
Commissionís Top 100 Rural Development Initiatives for 2002.
- REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds was elected for a
two-year term to serve on the Nebraska Microenterprise
Partnership Fund (NMPF) advisory committee. NMPF is a
statewide intermediary organization for the benefit of
microenterprise organizations in Nebraska.
- REAP held its first-ever Spanish version of Business Plan
Basics training in South Sioux City. It was well attended with
10 graduating. Survey results were very positive as all were
pleased with REAP taking the initiative to improve the skills
of Hispanic business owners.
- We launched REAPís new web site in the early fall of last
year. The new website is designed to be an excellent resource
for entrepreneurs and will further help REAP achieve its
mission of strengthening rural communities through small,
self- employed business development.
There is a wealth of information along with REAP forms such as
a Business Plan, financials, and loan application. Let us know
how you like it. Email
- REAPís Mind Your Own Business Youth Workshop was provided
to Auburn High Schoolís Introduction to Business students
during 3 + class periods. The purpose of the workshop is to
get students thinking about the possibilities and positives or
negatives of being a business owner some day.
Students work in groups to create a business, name it, design
a logo, and discuss the business image, customer relations,
personnel issues, marketing, and financials. Monica Braun and
Glennis McClure, Southeast Nebraska Business Specialists
conducted the workshop along with teacher Teresa Hahn.
- REAPís Womenís Business Center was featured on a panel
presentation at the annual Small Business Administrationís
Office of Womenís Business Ownership Post Awards Conference in
Glennis McClure, REAP - WBC Director, presented information
about REAP and our Womenís Business Center ďWithout WallsĒ to
staff and directors of Womenís Business Centers across the
U.S. Jeff Reynolds and Eugene Rahn accompanied Ms. McClure to
the conference. While in Washington D.C., they visited
Nebraskaís congressional delegation on Capitol Hill.
- FISH! was on the road. During the past year, REAP staff
and associations heavily used the FISH Philosophy and training
video in educational programs. The focus of FISH is promoting
energy, passion, and a positive attitude in oneís life. It can
benefit your personal life and is very effective in your
business, particularly as you focus on customer service.
FISH! was a new addition to the REAP Video Library a year ago.
Several new titles have been recently added to the library as
well, including a tape about negotiating and another about
networking for positive business results.
- REAP staff frequently participated and spoke at many
conferences and public speaking engagements for various
organizations and events.
- REAP staff made key contacts with bankers, service
providers, and others. These relationships, many
collaborative, are key to REAPís continued success.
Contact: Jeff Reynolds,
REAP Program Director at 402.645.3296 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.