September 2005  Issue No. 23                    REAP HOME PAGE         A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs

Rural Enterprise Reporter

That's Impressive: REAP Member Activities
Trainings of every stripe took center stage this year and kept REAP members busy, active, and reaching out to their communities

  • The 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. The SCIBN association met at the members’ places of business to better acquaint themselves with business entities.
  • The Micro-Business Development (MBD) group (Nebraska City area) hosted an eBay for Small Business workshop. They also invited the public to a special presentation on “Improving Your Chances of Business Success,” which provided tips to compete with the “Big Box” stores.
  • The Crossroads Rural Entrepreneur Network (CREN) hosted an eBay for Small Business Seminar and invited other businesses in the area. They also brought David Buchholz from David & Associates back for a marketing seminar.
  • The East Central Small Business Network (ECSBN) invited Ruth Karlsson of the Nebraska Dept. of Revenue to present on sales tax issues which now affect service businesses as well as retail businesses. Several ECSBN meetings were at members’ locations, which was very helpful in understanding each other’s business.
  • The Small Business Pioneers of Thayer County (SBPTC) invited a local CPA to present information on using QuickBooks Pro in their businesses. A local banker spoke about requirements for loan applications from a banker’s viewpoint.
  • The Seward Area Community hosted the Business Plan Basics training during the first quarter of the year. REAP and the Seward Area Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored a “How To Get Big Results from a Small Advertising Budget” seminar for the business communities of Seward and Butler Counties. The seminar was presented by David Buchholz of David & Associates, Inc.
  • A Legal Issues Facing Small Businesses and Self-Employed seminar was presented in Fairbury and REAP Associations from the area were invited to attend.
  • The Pine Ridge Small Business Association of Dawes County held their second Basic Business Training Course at Crawford in April. Eleven people signed up for the course and had fun while developing their business skills. Western Nebraska’s REAP program also provided a Basic Business Training class in Rushville, Nebraska. Ten people attended the class from Rushville, Gordon, and Alliance.
  • Will Wild from Chadron took advantage of REAP services to start his “Wild Excavation” business last year. REAP helped him prepare his business plan and put together a financial package to assist him in purchasing his backhoe and trencher. After one season, Will says the business is going very well and he is looking forward to more business during the 2005 season.
  • The South Central Business Development Association (SCBDA) held two trainings in February and April featuring a panel of small business owners in the Holdrege area. The panel members shared their experiences regarding the goals and accomplishments they have achieved with their businesses. The information was real-time experiences, and the panel themselves learned a lot regarding new and different ideas. The small group workshops were attended by a dozen clientele.
  • After REAP did a Spanish-version of NxLevel Basic Business Plan Training in South Sioux City last July, participants asked for continued training. The first REAP Rural Business Roundtable group was formed as a result. The REAP Rural Business Roundtable Latino Business Association’s first meeting was held in August, 2004. It’s a group open to all minority small business owners and those thinking of starting a business in the South Sioux City, Nebraska area. The group has had a great year, with meetings well attended. The association will host a Spanish Computer Training this September in South Sioux City in cooperation with Northeast Community College.
  • The Nemaha County Business Assistance Team (NCBAT) hosted several well attended training sessions this past year, including a Sales Tax Seminar for small business owners, presented by officials from the Nebraska Department of Revenue. Last fall, 30 participants attended the Legal Issues workshop in Auburn, presented by Steve Virgil of Creighton University.
  • REAP Program Co-Director’s Glennis McClure and Jeff Reynolds gave a presentation entitled “Minding Your Own Business in a Rural Community” at the Youth Expo held at Central Community College at Hasting on October 13, 2004. Over 700 youth from all parts of Nebraska attended the presentation.

Contact: Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Director at 402.656.3091 or jefff@alltel.net for more information.

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