October  2006      Vol. 15, No. 9  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Small Biz U Opens
Public power districts and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association work together to encourage rural small business development in small towns

First in its kind, SmallBizU is an eLearning University dedicated to providing local entrepreneurs and small businesses with the real world tools and information they need to be successful.

SmallBizU is being launched by Cornhusker Public Power District through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Community and Economic Development Unit to encourage small business development in local communities.

Free of charge, people in the area will have complete access to 25 core courses, each ranging about three hours long, at the SmallBizU website. SmallBizU will focus on delivering state-of-the-art small business education with courses featuring the 3M’s: Money, Marketing, and Management.

“Cornhusker Power customers and neighbors will be able to click on the SmallBizU icon, found on Cornhusker Power web site, http://cornhusker-power.com, and go straight to a self-tutorial covering every facet of small business start-ups,” said Cornhusker Power General Manager Ron Hostetter. “For Cornhusker customers and neighbors it provides opportunities for those who want to launch a small business, entrepreneurs, youngsters interested in starting their own enterprise, retired customers with an idea, and graduate students,” he added.

For more information on the SmallBizU program visit Cornhusker Power at http://cornhusker-power.com  or call Judy Trautwein at 800.955.2773.

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