New Latino Business Center Office Opens in Schuyler

The Center for Rural Affairs' REAP Latino Business Center is more committed than ever to provide micro-enterprise development services to Latino small business owners in Nebraska. That's why I'm so excited about our new office at the Homestead Center in Schuyler.

The Homestead Center, located at 1119 B Street, also houses the Schuyler Economic Development office, Schuyler Community Schools Resource Center, Entrepreneurship Business Center, UNL Extension Colfax County, and the Schuyler Area Chamber of Commerce. These are great partners for us and our clients.

Demand for our services has been steadily escalating. From April to June, the REAP Latino Business Center placed 17 loans totaling $131,850 and leveraged 2 additional loans for $57,500. From July 1 to June 30 (the fiscal year), our staff placed 29 loans for $305,850. We also offered training and counseling to 733 Latino small business owners.

I will be taking clients by appointment in the new facility. It's a great place to facilitate trainings, organize workshops, or provide assistance in a specific area. I can help to develop a business plan, find access to financing, or network with a number of agencies.

The entrepreneurship spirit in Schuyler is extremely high, and we want to be proactive developing a relation with those business owners. It’s especially valuable before they open the doors to evaluate if a business is feasible, estimate the total cost of the project, or select a good location for their business.

Kem Cavanah, with Schuyler Community Development, points out these advantages of the new partnership: “The Homestead Center will help facilitate stronger public-private-nonprofit collaborative leadership to more effectively sustain community partnerships between business-education-economic development-government-and nonprofits.”

If you want to schedule a meeting, please contact me, Juan Sandoval, at 402.371.7786 or juans@cfra.org.