REAP News

3rd Annual Business Plan Competition in McCook

The Hormel Family Foundation (www.investmccook.com) has begun accepting submissions for its third annual Business Plan Competition in McCook, Nebraska. The competition, which targets local entrepreneurs and business owners, will take place on June 12 at the Hormel Business & Technology Center on the McCook Community College campus.

REAP Website Upgraded

Behind the scenes we’ve been at work rebuild¬ing the REAP website at www.cfra.org/reap, adding new functionality and streamlining the navigation. We have also improved the REAP Online Lending System and the Online Member Directory. Barring unforeseen problems or delays, the new website was to go live the week of March 30.

Update: REAP Training Opportunities

The REAP Women’s Business Center collaborated with the St. Paul Economic Development Corporation in February to host Dave Buchholz and his How to Get Big Results from a Small Advertising Budget presentation. Dave always presents practical ideas with a humorous touch.

Third Annual MarketPlace Conference a Huge Success

Over 525 people gathered in North Platte, Nebraska, on Feb. 25, 2009, for the Center for Rural Affairs’ third annual MarketPlace, an entrepreneurial and small business conference. Entrepreneurs, business owners, service providers, students, teachers, farmers, ranchers and many others of all ages took part. Participants came from 11 states.

REAP Announces Women & Co.® Awardees

For the fifth year, the REAP Women’s Business Center has participated in the Women & Co.® Microenterprise Boost Program funded by Citi Foundation. Three entrepreneurs will receive cash awards of $3,000 or $5,000 as well as business skills training to help them grow and develop their businesses.

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