Now able to serve micro businesses with 10 or fewer employees and loan up to $50,000, policy changes and new initiatives are increasing REAP’s efficiency and effectiveness and benefiting entrepreneurs.
Last fall we watched closely as Senators Brownback (R-KS) and Bingaman (D-NM) led a bipartisan push
for a renewable electricity standard that would require 3 percent of our electricity to come from
renewable sources by 2012 and 15 percent by 2021.
We want your input on clean energy transmission. The need to expand our transmission capacity for
wind energy means we have to answer challenging questions about location, cost and ownership. New
transmission also presents an opportunity to involve farmers, landowners, and communities in the
North Platte, Nebraska, is seeing more people on skateboards. Brandon Raby, who has skateboarded for
nearly 20 years, knows a skate shop is an important part of skate culture. He launched Caravan Skate
Shop in September of 2010.
The latest awards for USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program have been announced, adding
more organizations with loan capital and technical assistance funds to help rural small business
owners. If your organization has received money, we’d like to hear from you!