'Planning is key to success in business': Business Plan Basics to be held in Ainsworth beginning Sept. 21

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Monica Braun, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business Center director, monicab@cfra.org, 402.643.2673; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

Existing, transitioning, and startup small business owners have an opportunity to examine their ventures in “Business Plan Basics,” a workshop organized by the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).

Five sessions will be held on Thursdays from Sept. 21 to Oct. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m., at North Central Development Center, 335 N. Main St., in Ainsworth, Nebraska.

The workshop series will focus on marketing, promotion/advertising, financial management, customer relations, and goal setting. REAP uses the Business Plan Basics NxLevel Guide for microentrepreneurs curriculum.

"Planning is key to success in business, and these five hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for those thinking of starting a business, businesses that need a boost, and business owners considering exiting the business," said Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center director. “Sessions will cover important information to complete a business plan.”

The course will be facilitated by Chelsea Luthy, community development specialist for the Central Nebraska Economic Development District in Chambers, Nebraska.

Registration is $79, and includes course materials. Scholarships may be available to those who qualify. Contact Kristin Olson at 402.387.2727 or ncdcdirector@gmail.com.

Visit cfra.org/events for more information. Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP provides business training, technical assistance, microloans, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska.