Dena Beck, senior project leader and south central loan specialist with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, was honored for 10 years of employment in November.
- Small business is BIG business in rural areas (90 percent of the businesses have 10 and fewer full-time employees).
- Staff within REAP and its partner Rural Investment Corporation, a certified Community Development Financial Institution, are not afraid to take a good, hard look at what they are doing and evaluate if it is indeed what our market needs (see the 2016 Small Business Needs Assessment report).
- When I interviewed in fall 2006 in at the Center for Rural Affairs’ home office in Lyons, Neb., I thought, “This is the perfect job for me.” I was right.
- Not everyone is a financial analyst, marketing guru or bookkeeping rock star. That’s OK - there are folks out there to help with your weaknesses. I know because I have called on such people.
- Not all businesses need a loan. That is why technical assistance (business coaching) and training through our Women’s Business Center and Latino Business Center are so important.
- I am not here to squelch anyone’s dream, no matter how far out I may think it is.
- Working with smart, committed, mission-driven people makes my job even more fulfilling.
- People need different help at different times and in different ways.
- I have an affinity for mission-driven work.
- I get to wake up every morning and have a chance to make a difference in someone’s life.
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