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Deb and Dale Simmons Have Things Covered

Dale and Deb Simmons’ entrepreneurial adventure began in 1999 when they purchased Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning in 1999. Then in 2006, a long-time Beatrice business, the Mr. Sweeper Store, was closing its doors.

The Simmons saw an opportunity to expand their already successful carpet cleaning business, and they jumped on it. Deb and Dale purchased the business and also bought some of the store’s equipment and inventory. They set about reopening as the S & S Sweeper Store in a new Beatrice location.

Free Small Business Education for Veterans

Veterans and members of the military community, a new series of free webinars on small business topics may interest you. The Small Business Administration and the Veterans Business Resource Center have combined to present the series. Topics will include items of interest to veteran-owned small businesses as well as general business topics.

The webinars will be generally be held on Wednesdays, from 2-3 pm (CDT). Here the the ones coming up:

Red Road Herbs Pairs Herbs and Nature for Better Health

Turning off the county road, you know exactly where you are. First you spot the signs. Then your eyes light on the herb garden. You have arrived at Red Road Herbs, east of Stanton, Nebraska.

The next pleasure is meeting Rachel Liester. You realize immediately this business is also Rachel’s passion. She loves teaching others how to use plants in everyday life for better health.

Technical Assistance a Hallmark for REAP–Thousands Receive Help

Since inception in 1990, REAP has been known as a lending program that also gives stellar technical assistance/counseling to our clients. We offer the service to startup and existing small businesses at the business site, over the phone, and via email.

More often than you might think, a REAP client will need multiple lending sources to finance their business opportunity. These business planning services are part of our Technical Assistance, and they often lead to leveraged lending.

Strong Longstanding Partnership with USDA Rural Development

The Center for Rural Affairs and the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project have had a fruitful, win-win partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development for many years.
 
The very first federal grant REAP received to begin our Hispanic Business Center work was a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant in 2004. Over the 25-year history of REAP, several USDA Rural Development grants have furthered our work and mission to strengthen rural communities through small, self-employed business development.

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