November   2005      Vol. 14, No. 10  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP NOTES

Basic Business Plan Training in South Sioux
The REAP NxLevel Basic Business Plan Training in South Sioux City was well attended. The training was held from Aug. 2 to 30, 2005.

Seventeen participants registered for the training. The class was taught by Kendall Scheer, former director of the REAP program and now with High Point Business Services.

As a result of the training, six new members will attend the REAP Latino Business Association (LBA) and five new members will attend the REAP Siouxland Area Small Business Association (SASBA).

The REAP Latino Business Association (LBA) meeting is held the first Wednesday of each month at the South Sioux City Library at 7:00 p.m. The REAP Siouxland Area Small Business Association (SASBA) meeting is held the first Tuesday of each month at the South Sioux City Library at 7:00 p.m.

Both groups are open to small business owners and those thinking of starting a business in the Siouxland area. Contact Adriana Dungan at 402-494-1013 for more information.

Spanish Training Held in Madison
REAP and Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Council sponsored a Spanish version of NxLevel Basic Business Plan Training in Madison, Nebraska. Held from Sept. 13 to Oct. 11, 2005, 14 participants registered and asked for continued training. The trainer was Javier Suarez. The second REAP Rural Latino Business Roundtable group was formed as a result.

The REAP Rural Business Roundtable / Madison-Norfolk Latino Business Association’s first meeting will be held on Nov. 23, 2005. The group is open to all minority small business owners and those thinking of starting a business in the Madison - Norfolk, Nebraska area; call Adriana Dungan, 402-494-1013.

Butler County Training Complete
The Business Plan Basics training was completed in Butler County on Oct. 10. The East Central Small Business Network (ECSBN) hosted the training. Kendall Scheer was instructor.

Eight businesses participated. We had persons at the idea stage and persons with established businesses as well as startup businesses. The discussion was motivating; networking was done at each meeting. The “snacks” provided by some of the businesses were delicious and proved to be another avenue for promoting products!

Most of the participants have joined the ECSBN association, which will be meeting to determine the business topics for the coming year. The members completed a survey to find the topics they believe are highest priority to address to ensure their business success.

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