Business Plan Basics Training for Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

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Adriana Dungan, REAP HBC Director,, Phone: (402) 494-1013 MaryAnne Block,Creighton Economic Development Director, Phone: (402) 358-5154 Toni Tauber, KnoxCounty Economic Development Director, Phone: (402) 288-5619
Lyons, Nebraska - The Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) along with the Creighton Economic Development, Knox County Economic Development, and Creighton Community Foundation will host a five-week Business Plan Basics course beginning Tuesday, March 10, and ending on Tuesday, April 7, 2009. Each session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run approximately 3 hours. Sessions will be held in Creighton, NE at the Library at 701 State St. Registration for the course includes materials and a one-year REAP membership. The deadline to register is March 9.
The business planning workshop series will include the following main topics: Marketing, Promotion/Advertising, Financial Management, Customer Relations and Goal Setting. REAP collaborates with the University of Nebraska EDGE Program in utilizing the NxLevel Micro-Entrepreneurs curriculum called "Business Plan Basics".

"The success rates for small businesses are typically quite low," commented Adriana Dungan, Center for Rural Affairs. "According to some statistics, the chances of a new business surviving for five years are between 30 and 50 percent. Entrepreneurs can greatly increase their chances for success by analyzing their ideas, their marketplace and their management team before beginning."

The Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses.
"As a business owner, it's always important to analyze where you are, look at the trends and make adjustments if needed," said Dungan. "Area entrepreneurs and business owners will have an opportunity to analyze their businesses and/or business ideas at the Business Plan Basics training course coming in March."  
  For more information, contact Adriana Dungan, Center for Rural Affairs, REAP Business Specialist and Hispanic Business Center Director, at 402-494-1013 or, Toni Tauber, Knox Co. Economic Development Director, at 402-288-5619 or, MaryAnne Block, Creighton Economic Development Director, at 402-358-5154 or
For more information about REAP and its services, visit:
The REAP Women's Business Center is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration. SBA's funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Monica Braun at (402) 643-2673.

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