REAP News

What Happens When Women Gather? Awesome Networking

The women who attended our 3rd annual Women Entrepreneurs Conference in Grand Island had a day full of networking, and they were naturals! Learning and inspiration were on the agenda as well.

For starters, they picked up some cues on marketing techniques from Jennifer Rosenblatt of Argyle Octopus. The key takeaway: Customers buy Solutions!

Rural Rockstars: Micro Brewery Owners Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Three young entrepreneurs from McCook, Nebraska, were recognized as the Center for Rural Affairs Entrepreneurs of the Year. Tyler Ray Loop, Tyler Sue Loop, and Adam Siegfried own and operate Loop Brewing Company in McCook.

This thriving business exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is so crucial to the future prosperity of our nation’s rural communities. The brewpub serves specialty craft beer, brick oven pizza, and much more.

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

Microenterprise and microfinance have the power to empower people and transform lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency.

Performing Jobs of Amazing Dedication

The Center's small business development program is celebrating 25 years of helping entrepreneurs. Gene and Chris Trauernicht were part the Lancaster Entrepreneur Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a group that met in Hickman, Nebraska. It's a pleasure (and honor) to serve entreprenuers like them and to share their words. 

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