Business Plan Basics Training for Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

Release Date: 

03/01/2016

Contact(s): 

Nancy Flock, nancyf@cfra.org,  REAP Loan Specialist, Phone: (308) 534-3508
or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

North Platte, NE -  The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center in collaboration with Mid Plains Center for Enterprise is planning a five-week Business Plan Basics course starting April 26, 2016.  The course will be held on Tuesday evenings in April and May from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in room 202 at Mid Plains Community College-North Campus, 1101 Halligan Drive, North Platte, NE. The instructor for the course will be Kathy Bourque, Small Biz Coach, Leadership Dev., Speaker, Training Facilitator.

The workshop series includes the following key topics: Marketing, Promotion/Advertising, Financial Management, Legal Structures/Contracts, and Business Online Presence. REAP collaborates with the NxLeveL Education Organization utilizing their curriculum called "Growing Your Business."
 
 "Planning is a key to success in business, and the five hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for those thinking of starting a business and for small business owners that want to create a business plan or update one.  Sessions will cover important information that can assist in completing a business plan," commented Nancy Flock, REAP Loan Specialist.
 
Previous Business Plan Basics participants have said this about the workshops: "So informative for starting a business. Covers all aspects!" "The best parts were the conversations, networking and best practices shared!" "Information on Product and Price was the most helpful to me." "Recordkeeping information was what I found most helpful."
 
What:
REAP Business Plan Basics Training
 
Where:
Mid Plains Community College-North Campus, Room 202
1101 Halligan Drive
North Platte, NE
            
When:
April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 and May 24
From 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
 
A registration fee of $79 per business is required for the course and includes the course materials and other resource materials. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 21.  To register, please contact Nancy Flock, REAP Loan Specialist at 308.534.3508, nancyf@cfra.org.  Or Monica Braun, REAP WBC Director, at 402.643.2673, monicab@cfra.org.  Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made, if requested in advance.

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses. Business owners that complete the course and the business plan are eligible for REAP’s Business Plan Basics Boost Loan of up to $1,000 at 5.5%.

More information about REAP, a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, and its services can be found at www.cfra.org/reap.  REAP receives funding from the Nebraska Business and Innovation Act through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture, and other sources. The REAP WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.