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GROW Nebraska & REAP the Rewards!

Guest writer Sara Brownwood, GROW Nebraska Marketing Technology Director, contributed this article for our REAP 25th Anniversary celebration.

GROW Nebraska and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) have partnered for over 15 years to help make Nebraska’s businesses strong. GROW Nebraska’s™ mission is to create sustainable economic development by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through promotion, market access, and education.

Bling by Zing Earns Nationwide Following

Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more!

Fast (and Sickening) Facts About Payday Lenders

It might seem like a good idea when you're a bit short on cash, but payday loans are a trap. Payday lenders target low and moderate-income people. They advertise payday loans as a quick, easy way to help a person make it until the next payday.

In reality, payday loans begin cycle of chronic indebtedness. According to the Center for Responsible Lending, the average borrower ends up indebted for more than six months with an average of nine payday loan transactions at annual interest rates exceeding 400%. 

Community Outreach a Perfect Fit for Monica Braun

Monica Braun is the director of the Women’s Business Center (WBC) of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) at the Center for Rural Affairs. This role is a perfect fit for her rich background in community outreach and deep roots in south central Nebraska.

She graduated from Superior High School and attended the University of Nebraska, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Science. She also received a graduate degree from UNL in Education and Family Resource Management with a minor in Ag Economics.

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