August   2004      Vol. 13, No. 7  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Workers’ Compensation
Several REAP staff are serving on an ad-hoc NEON Policy committee to explore issues surrounding Nebraska’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Program. If you have experienced problems or have suggestions for the current system, please contact REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds at 402.656.3091 or 

NEON, Nebraska Enterprise Opportunity Network, is the trade association for microenterprise programs like REAP in Nebraska. Reynolds is in his fourth and final year serving on the NEON Executive Committee.

Small Communities Workshops Coming to Southeast Nebraska
“Small Communities – Big Opportunities” workshops are planned for Milligan, Neb. on September 8 and Diller, Neb. on September 15. The agenda includes tours of successful local entrepreneurs in the morning, with a split track after lunch. One track is geared to community leaders and others involved in community development, while the other will focus on retail businesses.

The community track will feature innovative approaches to doing business in small communities, youth involvement ideas, and opportunities to visit with representatives of agencies who can help with community development. The business track will consist of a seminar on customer relations presented by Gene Koepke of the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Pre-registration and payment is requested by August 25. Please contact Five Rivers RC&D in Tecumseh at 402.335.3347 or email to request a registration brochure.

Hispanic Business Plan Training Held in South Sioux City, Nebraska
June 29 capped a successful business plan training held in South Sioux City, Neb. That night Steve Virgil, Director of Nebraska Legal Services, discussed business legal structures and finished with participant’s legal business questions.

“This was a great way to finish the 5-week training course,” said Adriana Dungan, instructor for REAP. “The participants gained a better understanding of the importance of a business plan, and with Mr. Virgil’s assistance in the legal aspects, it was beneficial for all of them.”

The training educated Hispanic business owners in their native language about the basics of business plans and business financials. This is part of the REAP Hispanic Rural Business Center grant received through USDA, which provides one-on-one technical assistance and educational classes to start-up and existing Hispanic small business owners in three pilot communities: South Sioux City, Scottsbluff, and Schuyler.

For more information, please contact Northeast Business Specialist Karen Linnenbrink at 402.372.3840 or 

Online REAP Member Directory
Remember the Online REAP Member Directory, a new service for all REAP member businesses. To be included, fill out the Permission Form, available here as a MS Word document or through any REAP staff. Please check out the completely searchable, nationally linked directory, and let us know what you think!

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