BR&E Strategies Program: Resources & Booklets
Here is a series of five booklets (Loveridge and Morse, 1998) designed to guide a community through a BR&E and featuring volunteers visiting local businesses. The series is titled Implementing Local Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Programs. Originally published by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Penn State University, these materials are now out of print, so we provide them here as valuable archival resource guides. They embody the heart of the BR&E Strategies Program approach to BR&E (even if email and the internet were still coming onto people's radar when these were published). These five booklets were designed to be used as an ensemble.
- Is It For Our Community
This booklet gives a detailed overview of the BR&E Visitation Program.
- Initiator's Manual for Starting New BR&E Visitation Programs
The best people to organize a new BR&E Visitation Program in a community are already the busiest people in town. While this program has tremendous benefits, it is also a lot of work. To overcome this dilemma, this study guide suggests efficient ways to use these materials to evaluate whether or not the program is right for a community, and if so, how to organize it effectively and efficiently.
- Local Leadership Team Manual
This booklet provides details for the community leaders who organize a community's BR&E Visitation Program.
- Visitation Coordinator Manual
This booklet gives a step-by-step guide for whoever takes responsibility for organizing the visits to local businesses.
- Using the Video to Introduce the Program and Train Volunteers
This booklet provides tips on ways to use BR&E video segments effectively. Note that only two of the videos cited in this booklet are still in use. Those clips are the first two shown under "Excerpts from Retaining and Expanding Business in Your Community" as well as several newer video clips.
- Also, here is an alternative BR&E resource guide (Tweeten and Barefield) that they designed as an update to the Loveridge and Morse booklets Business Retention and Expansion Visitation Fundamentals