REAP News

REAP staff kept busy during 2016

Opportunity Finance Network Conference

Staff Jeff Reynolds, Juan Sandoval, Dena Beck and Kim Preston attended the Opportunity Finance Network Conference in Detroit, Mich., in November 2015. The conference provided an opportunity to further explore the possibilities of obtaining Community Development Financial Institution status. Staff made a number of key contacts.

Women's Business Center provides training and technical assistance

From September 2015 through May 2016, Women’s Business Center specialists and contracted technical assistance providers delivered 2,592 hours of business counseling to 733 clients. 

We have provided 138 training opportunities to 1,187 individuals. 67 percent of those trained were women. 224 start-up businesses have received assistance.

In the last year, the Women’s Business Center:

REAP loans almost 2 million dollars to small businesses in FY 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 was a record-setting year for Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). In 2016, we placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs across Nebraska.

We are respected nationally as an outstanding microenterprise development program that serves rural entrepreneurs and small businesses in Nebraska. REAP is the largest rural microenterprise development program in the United States.

Salon owner goes teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

During September, Brittany Sage promotes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at her business, Cut it Out Salon in downtown Litchfield, NE population 259.

She has lost loved ones to ovarian cancer, so she adds teal streaks to hair, paints teal nails and talks about ovarian cancer on her Facebook page.

Brittany always knew that she wanted to return to her hometown of Litchfield. And while attending school, she decided she wanted to have her own salon.

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