For: BR&E Visitation Program Manuals

Is it for Our Community?

- Is a BR&E Visitation Program for You and Your Community? Pg 6
- Why are Existing Businesses Important to Development? Pg 6
- What is the BR&E Visitation Program? Pg 7
- What are the BR&E Visitation Program Objectives and Process? Pg 7
- Local Roles in the BR&E Visitation Program Pg 9
(Overall Coordinator, Leadership Team, Task Force, Volunteer Visitors, and
Visited Firm Operators)
- Reasons Volunteers Participate Pg 11
- How the BR&E Visitation Program Benefits Volunteers and Communities Pg 11
- What are the Costs of a BR&E Visitation Program? Pg 13
- What Assistance is Provided by Universities, State Agencies, and Others? Pg 15
- How Can I Learn More About This Program Before I Decide? Pg 15

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms in BR&E Visitation Programs Pg 16
Research Cited and End Notes Pg 17

Initiator's Manual For Starting New BR&E Visitation Programs

- Introduction Pg 4
- Assistance from a Certified BR&E Consultant Pg 4
- Leadership Team Orientation Pg 6
(Meetings 1-4b)
- Hints on Introducing BR&E Visitation Programs Pg 9
- Is Our Community Ready to Do the BR&E Visitation Program? Pg 10

Appendix A: Discussion Questions Pg 11
Appendix B: Task Force Meeting Minutes Pg 15
Appendix C: Plan of Work Pg 16
Research Cited and End Notes Pg 20

Local Leadership Team Manual

- Introduction Pg 5
- Visitation Coordinator Pg 7
- Business Resources Coordinator Pg 8
- Milestone Meeting Coordinator Pg 10
- Media Coordinator Pg 15
- Overall Coordinator Pg 16
- Tips on Getting Projects Implemented Pg 16

Visitation Coordinator Manual

- Introduction Pg 4
- Details on the Visitation Coordinator's Roles Pg 4
- Volunteer Visitor Training Program Agenda Pg 8
- Keep Volunteers Motivated Pg 9

Appendix A: Questions for BR&E Visitation Research Report Writers Pg 11
Appendix B: Sample Letter for Recruiting Volunteers Pg 12
Appendix C: Sample Letter to Firm Pg 13
Research Cited and End Notes Pg 14

Using the Video to Introduce the Program and Train Volunteers

- Introduction Pg 4
- Overview of Three Video Segments Pg 4
- When to Use Each Segment Pg 4
- Tips for Using Segment 1: Sibley County Example Pg 5
- Tips for Using Segment 2: Successful BR&E Firm Visits Pg 7
- Tips for Using Segment 3: Handling Immediate Follow-up Issues during the BR&E Visitation Program Pg 7

Appendix A: Self-Assessment Guide Pg 8
Appendix B: Guidelines for Volunteer Visitors Pg 9
Appendix C: Notes to Accompany Volunteer Visitor Role Play Pg 11
Research Cited and End Notes Pg 14