February  2005      Vol. 14, No. 2  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Hispanic Business Training

On November 30, 2004, REAP, Western Nebraska Community College, and the Guadalupe Center in Scottsbluff co-sponsored a Business Plan Basics Training Course targeted to meet the needs of the Hispanic and Latino small business entrepreneurs in Scotts Bluff County and the surrounding region in Western Nebraska.

Instructor for the course was Frances Thomas, Coordinator for AIM Institute Educational Opportunity Center with the Guadalupe Center in Scottsbluff. Jerry Terwilliger, REAP Panhandle Business Specialist assisted.

Nine people representing eight businesses signed up, and all eight businesses completed the course on December 28, 2004. Class participants felt the course was beneficial, and they gained a tremendous amount of information that will be useful in the operation of their businesses.

Food Entrepreneur Seminar Offered

The next Recipe to Reality workshop is March 19 on the University of Nebraska Lincolnís East Campus.
Registration is due by March 10, and early registration is encouraged due to limited space. The seminar details key considerations for starting a food manufacturing business and is sponsored by the Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program. Topics include market research, product development, packaging, labeling, pricing, product introduction, promotional materials, food safety, and legal and business structure issues.

As part of a grant to study and support opportunities to market ethnic foods and beverages, the Food Processing Center will subsidize registration fees for entrepreneurs interested in producing ethnic products. The USDA Rural Business Enterprise grant is designed to assist rural Nebraska entrepreneurs. Center researchers identified opportunities for ethnic food production that they hope rural Nebraska food makers can pursue.

For more information or to register for the Recipe to Reality workshop, contact: Jill Gifford, Food Processing Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 143 H.C. Filley Hall, Lincoln, NE 68583-0928, phone 402.472.2819, e-mail jgifford1@unl.edu or visit the Web at http://fpc.unl.edu/marketing/ent.htm

 
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