Business Plan Basics Training Offered for Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners

The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center is collaborating with Valley County Economic Development and the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce to host a five-week Business Plan Basics course beginning Wednesday, January 18, 2012.  The course will continue through Wednesday, February 15, 2012.  Each session will run from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Sessions will be held in Ord, Nebraska at the Central Community College – Ord Learning Center, 1514 K Street.  The instructor for the class is Nicole Sedlacek.

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.”

 “Planning is a key to success in business, and these five hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for small business owners and will cover important information to complete a business plan,” commented Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director with the Center for Rural Affairs.

Registration for the course is $79 and includes the course materials and a one-year REAP membership. The deadline to register is Wednesday, January 11th.  For additional information or to register, please contact Kristina Volf, Business Development and Marketing Specialist for Valley County Economic Development at (308) 728-7875, or by email at  Registration forms are also available at the Economic Development office at 1514 K Street in Ord.  You can also contact Monica Braun, REAP WBC Director, at (402) 643-2673 or by email at  A registration form can also be downloaded here and returned to the ED office. 

The Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP program provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses.

More information about REAP and its services 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. The REAP WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.



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