REAP News

Family Needs Met by Entrepreneurship

Maria Alvarado opened Alvarado’s Tax Services in 2006. Driven by the need for a more flexible schedule, Alvarado has built a successful business and won the Women and Company Microenterprise Boost Program award from the Center’s REAP program.

Bookkeeping Basics Sessions Held at New Venture Center

The Merrick County Foundation and REAP joined forces to facilitate training for entrepreneurs with the assistance of a grant from the Building Entrepreneurial Communities Act (BECA). BECA funds allow communities to provide assistance to small businesses and potential business owners at an affordable cost.

Business Plan Basic Training in Imperial

Imperial is the site for REAP’s five-week Business Plan Basics training. The topics are being covered in Spanish and include Marketing, Advertising/Promotion, Customer Relations, Financial Management and Goal Setting.

Stepping Up During Difficult Economic Times

The past several years have been tough, and small business survival is a major concern. Discretionary spending often determines if a small business will make a profit. In a recession, discretionary income takes a sharp downturn. Other economic factors exert pressure as well. Markets continue to be squeezed from increasing competition, diminishing loyalty in local purchasing, and, in some cases, shrinking markets. The bottom line – small businesses are struggling to keep their heads above water. Owning and operating a small business is hard in the best of times. It’s doubly tough during the worst of times.

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