October  2003      Vol. 12, No. 9  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP NOTES

SEMINARS TEACH NEW SKILLS
Check out the new hour-long business seminars available over the Internet. The series is called NuSkills, and you can participate right from your office computer.

The University of Nebraska is sponsoring an eight-part series of seminars online called Running a David Business in a Goliath Economy. The second seminar, subtitled Carve out a Niche was held on September 30. The third class follows October 17, subtitled Focus on Your Own Excellence. The series concludes January 27.

Visit http://nuskillsevents.webex.com to see all upcoming sessions in the series. Each session costs $29, and you must pre-register. Never experienced an online seminar? Donít worry. If you know how to turn on your computer and click on a link to a website, you have the skills to attend the NU Skills seminar.

REAP hopes to cooperate with the university and NuSkills to bring some additional training opportunities to members using this web-based instructional technology.

Contact: Glennis McClure, reapwbc@diodecom.net.

NEW ASSOCIATIONS FORMING
Several communities in Southeast Nebraska are in the process of forming REAP Associations. Community informational meetings have been or will be held in Butler County, Hebron, and Plattsmouth.

Various organizations have been instrumental in promoting the small business associations: Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Alliances, City Offices, and the Lied Mainstreet Program, to name some of them.

This collaboration of organizations bears out one of the points identified at the recent Rural Institute that we need to move from an independent culture to an interdependent culture. If we network, support each other, and work together, we can build and maintain vital communities. We can look to the future and create a desired one versus dwelling in the past and what used to be.

Contact: Monica Braun, Southeast REAP Business Specialist at mbraun@alltel.net.

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