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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.

The week of the rural rockstars

With donations still coming in, suffice it to say that Giving Tuesday 2016 was the most successful online fundraiser in the Center for Rural Affair’s history. One hundred eight donors across the country raised $17,141 in one week. Thank you! Newman’s Own Foundation will match $10,000 and our friends at Small Farm Conservancy will match the rest.

We hit our original goal of $10,000 the day before Giving Tuesday, and were thrilled to learn that Small Farm Conservancy would match the money raised for the remainder of the fundraiser.

Community engagement is key in clean energy development

When a room fills with 30 people, many driving more than an hour to be there on a beautiful fall evening in the midst of football playoffs, one can assume there is an important matter at hand. This was the case during a recent community energy conversation hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs in Valentine, Neb. On the table was the opportunity for open and candid conversation surrounding the energy future of the county and the state.

Double your gift this Giving Tuesday

Mark your calendars: Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, Nov. 29, and the money you give to the Center for Rural Affairs will be matched by Newman’s Own Foundation, dollar for dollar.

Giving Tuesday hasn’t been around as long as Black Friday or Cyber Monday. But it’s a more fulfilling day, falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It’s a worldwide day of giving created to support and celebrate nonprofits after the days of consuming.

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.

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