September 2004  Issue No. 22                    REAP HOME PAGE         A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs

Rural Enterprise Reporter

That's Impressive: REAP Member Activities
Fund raisers, radio program and publicity, expansion of business, initiating training, and more ...

  • Saunders County Independent Business Network (SCIBN) was able again this year to raise funds by having a Food Booth at the 4th of July celebration in Wahoo. They have gained several new members this year.
  • The Micro-Business Development (MBD) group (Nebraska City area) has initiated a monthly radio show with local radio station talk host Big Dave. The topics are related to small business start-up and development.
  • The Loan Tree Small Business Association (LTSBA) hosted the Advisory Meeting in Central City. One of the businesses catered the meal for the participants.
  • Crossroads Rural Entrepreneur Network (CREN) hosted a marketing seminar—“Creating the Right Marketing Mix to Successfully Compete” in April. They invited other area REAP Associations to participate.
  • The East Central Small Business Network (ECSBN) was formed this year in the Butler County area. They hosted the Business Plan training last October and November. They have initiated meeting at member’s locations to better understand each business operation.
  • Small Business Pioneers of Thayer County (SBPTC) formed the past year. They hosted the Business Plan training in January through March.
  • Cass County Association for Small business Help (CCASH) was formed in the Cass County area. They hosted the Business Plan training in March 2004. They are developing a brochure to be used for recruiting businesses at the local King Korn Festival. They will also staff a booth to enhance the recruiting efforts.
  • The South Central Business Development Association (SCBDA) prioritized marketing skills as the most needed business education topic. They helped design and sponsor a business marketing workshop Creating the Right Marketing Mix to Successfully Compete. Two successive Thursday evening workshops were held in March in Holdrege. Over 20 participants enthusiastically listened, learned new marketing skills, and shared marketing experiences through small group discussions.
  • Atkinson was the site for a REAP-Women’s Business Center Basic Business Training during April and May. Laurie Hanson, Atkinson Economic Development Director, assisted in promoting the training. Twenty-three individuals attended, representing all levels of business experience.
  • The Western Entrepreneurial Support Team (WEST), in Alliance hosted their second Basic Business Plan course in two years. Representatives of eight businesses took the course, and all felt they left with a wealth of knowledge in what it takes to start and manage a business.
  • Sheryl Taylor owner of the Centsible Shop in Alliance credits the REAP program in helping her expand her business to include a new home furniture line. Sheryl became a member of REAP several years ago when she enrolled in the 5-week Basic Business Class. Sheryl now offers the new line of home furniture along with second-hand clothing and small appliances.
  • Imre Dojcscany, Precision Machining in Chadron took advantage of the REAP program’s one-on-one technical assistance to help better manage his bookkeeping and acquire a CNC lathe for his business. Imre said that with improvement of the economy, he has seen an increase from his old customers and is regularly getting new customers for his precision machine work.
  • Mundo Latino newspaper based in South Sioux City won the “Small Business of the Year” award for 2003. The award was presented to owner, Abril García at the annual Center meeting held February 7, 2004 in Lyons.
  • Russ Gifford, Chairman of the local REAP association in South Sioux won the “REAP Officer of the Year” award for his dedication and services to the Siouxland Area Small Business Association (SASBA) located in South Sioux.
  • eBay for Small Businesses in Beatrice drew the largest crowd, 44 participants, for a REAP single-night training. The training was co-sponsored and promoted by REAP and the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce. Twenty-seven participated in a similar training in Fairbury, and 13 came to the session sponsored by the Richardson County Business Development Association.
  • The Nemaha County Business Assistance Team hosted two sales tax seminars. Both were well attended and helped fill an information gap on general and new contractor sales tax regulations in Nebraska. Over 70 small business managers and owners participated in the workshops.

Contact: Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Director at 402.645.3296 or jefff@alltel.net for more information.

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