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Friday, January 13, 2006

Strengthening Small Business Skills

Strengthening Your Small Business Skills in 2006

The Center for Rural Affairs invites you to kick-off the New Year by sharpening your business management skills. Whether you are currently running a small business or planning to start your own, the REAP Business Plan Basics course is for you. Learn the "must-know" essentials at a lively business planning course that starts Tuesday evening, January 17, 2006 at Southeast Community College – Beatrice campus.

The five session class is designed to give existing small business owners or potential start-up companies vital information on business planning and the essentials of Promotion/Advertising, Financial Management, Customer Relations, and Goal Setting.

The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and Southeast Community College are working together to offer the course. The course registration includes an annual membership to REAP and the NxLevel manual for micro-entrepreneurs which are excellent resources when the course is completed. “REAP members have ongoing access to business technical assistance services, and a micro-loan program for small businesses,” said Glennis McClure, co-director of REAP and Director of the Women’s Business Center. “These skills are essential in the ‘make or break it’ early years of a business.”

Scholarships based on income eligibility are available to cover material costs for the Business Plan Basics Course.

For more information about the Business Plan Basics course, REAP /Women’s Business Center services, call Glennis McClure (402) 645-3296 or or Janelle Moran, REAP Business Specialist at (402) 335-3675,

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Cooperative Agreement with the Center for Rural Affairs is partially funded by the SBA. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

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