REAP

Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (micro loans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.

Call on REAP when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska. You can find your nearest REAP business specialist here. Through REAP you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan.

Started in 1990, REAP has provided services to numerous micro/small businesses throughout Nebraska. (A micro business is defined as one with 10 or fewer employees.) We've placed over $10 million in loans and leveraged over $17 million in additional funds from other sources.

REAP is a proud member of the Nebraska Small Business Collaborative, extending microenterprise businesses technical assistance and micro-loans in all distressed areas of Nebraska. You can learn more about REAP here.

REAP Notes

 

Performing Jobs of Amazing Dedication

The Center's small business development program is celebrating 25 years of helping entrepreneurs. Gene and Chris Trauernicht were part the Lancaster Entrepreneur Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a group that met in Hickman, Nebraska. It's a pleasure (and honor) to serve entreprenuers like them and to share their words. 

Brandon Raby Doubles Down as a Small Business Owner to Build His Community

There’s a lot going on in downtown North Platte, Nebraska, at least for one entrepreneur. Brandon Raby, a past winner of the Center’s REAP Entrepreneur of the Year award, has embraced the challenge of starting a small business in a rural community. His business, Caravan Skate Shop, is the first and only skate shop in the community.

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

The concept of microenterprise and microfinance has the power to empower people and transform their lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency.