July  2006      Vol. 15, No. 7  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Rural-Hispanic Business Activities

>> The South Sioux City Latino Business Association was formed in 2004. They have hosted several meetings focusing on Siouxland Area small business needs. In the fall of 2005 they co-sponsored a Computer Training (Spanish) with Northeast Community College to help business owners improve their computer skills. Twenty-five people registered for the training. The association has gained several new members. The South Sioux City Latino Roundtable was the first group formed of its type in Nebraska.

>> REAP and the Elkhorn Valley Economic Development Council sponsored a Spanish version of the Basic Business Plan Training in Madison, Nebraska. It was held from September 13 to October 11, 2005. Eleven Hispanic business owners/ or potential owners from Madison and Norfolk completed the course. Javier Arizmedi of Monroe, Neb. was course instructor. He is pictured at the lower left.

The second REAP Rural Latino Business Roundtable group was formed as a result. Every month since then the Madison County Latino Business Organization Group has met to continue improving their business skills and to share experiences.

>> REAP and Pinnacle Bank and First National Bank of Schuyler sponsored a Spanish version of the Basic Business Plan Training in Schuyler. Eleven Hispanic people graduated from the course. Javier Arizmedi of Monroe, Neb. was course instructor.

Participants asked for continued training and decided to form the Schuyler Area Hispanic Roundtable Group as a result. This is the third REAP Hispanic Roundtable group formed in the state of Nebraska.

>> REAP along with the Crete Chamber of Commerce sponsored an Hispanic Basic Business Plan Training course this spring. The class began in March and was completed in April. Thirteen Hispanic business owners/ or potential owners from Crete completed the course. Javier Arizmedi of Monroe, Neb. was course instructor.


Ligia Majano, pictured upper right, one of the business owners who completed the course stated, “The class was very interesting. It actually made me take time to put everything down on paper and write down goals. … I usually am so busy doing business, I don’t take the time.” Jose Flores, pictured above, felt the class was very beneficial and well worth the time and money. “It (the class) teaches you a lot of good things on how to run a business.”

Plans are to begin an Hispanic REAP Roundtable in Crete this fall to continue building upon the course training and offer networking opportunities. We appreciate the support of the Crete Chamber of Commerce and all our other partners in bringing these opportunities to Nebraska’s Hispanic businesses.


Contact: Adriana Dungan, 402.494.1013 or adungan@msn.com or Janelle Moran, 402.335.3675, janellemoran@diodecom.net for more information.
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