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Tell us why you Love Rural America

During February, we'll be sharing why we love rural America. We hope you'll join in by using the #LoveRuralAm hashtag on social media.

Take a photo, compose a poem, or write a story on why you #LoveRuralAm. Email info@cfra.org or share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram (@RuralNerd).

We’ve started with photos from our staff. Here’s the first six:

REAP ranks ninth nationally

Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program ranked ninth in the United States for the number of Small Business Administration microloans placed in fiscal year 2016. 

The program, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP, provides lending, training, networking and technical assistance to startup and existing small businesses in Nebraska.

The Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity ranks programs and announces results at the close of its fiscal year. We closed 101 small business microloans for a total of $575,105 in 2016.

You made our holiday giving a success

Now that you’ve had a chance to recover from the holidays, I want to extend a warm thank you to all of our great donors who have helped to make our end-of-year fundraising efforts the most successful we’ve ever had.

Starting in October and including our Giving Tuesday and holiday efforts, you and other grassroots donors contributed nearly $117,000 to help fund our efforts for the upcoming year. Your remarkable generosity will drive our successes in 2017 and help with important issues we expect to face.

You are the force that makes our values come alive

As we close out the year, I wanted to share some reflections on our work.

1. Center staff, board and grassroots supporters are fantastic people - As I crisscross the state and the country visiting with Center folks, I’ve come to see how deeply you care about your community. You are passionate about everyone having opportunity no matter where they live or who they are. And many of you dig deep each year to make a gift that supports our cause. You are fantastic.

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.

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