Business Workshop a Success - More Opportunities Available; REAP Holding Office Hours in St. Paul

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Dena Beck,, REAP Business Specialist, Phone: (308) 528-0060 or Mike Feeken,, St Paul Development Corporation, Phone: (308) 754-4661
St. Paul, NE - Over 20 area business owners participated in a workshop at the St. Paul Library with Dave Buchholz, President of David & Associates, Hastings, Nebraska. The program, "How to Get Big Results from a Small Advertising Budget", discussed the importance of knowing your market(s) and figuring out what speaks to customers. Also discussed, was selling vs. marketing and many tools to market with little or no monetary investment. Mr. Buchholz stressed, especially in these economic times, that customer service is king along with the value of taking care of your existing customers. He encouraged business owners to evaluate their business from the customers' perspective.
St. Paul business owners have even more opportunities to gain business assistance as the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), will hold monthly office hours in St. Paul. On Thursday, March 12, 2009 Dena Beck, REAP Business Specialist, will be present at the SPDC office to work with area businesses.  The SPDC office is located at 511 Howard Avenue, in St. Paul.

REAP Assistance offered includes:

    * Start-up assistance including a business plan, market analysis, etc.
    * Help for existing businesses that want to expand.
    * REAP also has a microloan fund up to $35,000 and can assist the entrepreneur with other financing sources.
    * Working with existing businesses that are considering transitioning, i.e. selling the business.
    * Providing training for area businesses or potential businesses

"The St. Paul Development Corporation is pleased to partner with the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program in bringing this much-needed information to our area," states Mike Feeken, Director of the St. Paul Development Corporation.  If there are other topics of interest to existing or potential businesses in the area, please contact either Mike Feeken at (308) 754-4661, or Dena Beck at (308) 528-0060,  

All appointments are confidential and can be made for March 12, by calling the SPDC at (308) 754-4661.

"Business Planning is crucial during tough economic times and by making an appointment for a meeting they could have access to one-on-one assistance. This is an opportunity to learn more about the services REAP offers. Entrepreneurs can also learn more about training opportunities available and be able to provide input on trainings they would like to see available," commented Beck.

More information about REAP, along with an online loan application, can be found at  The Center for Rural Affairs receives funding for REAP from the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Community Development Block Grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources.

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