REAP News

Sandoval receives Outstanding Service Award

Juan Sandoval, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center director, received the 2016 Outstanding Service Award from the Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force on Nov. 17 at the Innovation Campus in Lincoln.

The award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated and sustained outstanding leadership and advocacy for entrepreneurship education and/or business development services in Nebraska.

10 things I have learned in my 10 years with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

1. Small business is BIG business in rural areas (90 percent of the businesses have 10 and fewer full-time employees).

2. 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.

Local food trucks dish out a rumble

Tacos vs. smoked ribs. Frozen treats vs. salads. 

Hundreds flocked to downtown Norfolk, Neb., on a warm Friday evening in late July for a taste of local food and local music. 

The focus? Food Truck Rumble. 

The goal? Sample until you were stuffed, then vote on your favorite cuisine. At least, that’s what our goal was. 

Seven food trucks, each an individual small business from the area, competed in the rumble. And, some of the businesses have worked with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). 

What do you need to know to start a business?

Starting a business is a daunting task.

If you've been thinking of starting your own business, we want to provide you with information and resources that will help you succeed. Join us at Starting Up – What Women Need to Know to Start a Business on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island.

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