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REAP’s Work Translates into Real World Business Success

Photo of trailer full of pumpkins
Supplies are set for October Pumpkin Painting Parties at the Garden Gallery in Elkorn, Nebraska.
Source: Garden Gallery Blog
Cross Promotion Helps Keep Main Street Humming - Things are going GREAT in Elkhorn! The Garden Gallery, owned by Michele Minnick, and Andrea’s Designs, owned by Andrea Ramsey, are just a block apart in Olde Towne Elkhorn. The two have been cross promoting each other’s businesses.

A small merchants group also meets monthly, and regular “Ladies Day Out” events have led to great success. Andrea and Michele are putting together a “Jingle Jam” on Dec. 8 for the holiday shopping season. Michele has created a Pinterest board and a blog for their businesses. Both see great potential in social network marketing.

Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning Expands in Beatrice - Dale and Deb Simmons of Beatrice began ‘Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning’ in 1999. Next Deb and Dale opened S&S Sweeper Store on Court Street in Beatrice in 2007. Most recently, they have become Master-Franchise owners for the state of Nebraska’s Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning.

Nine franchises are operating statewide, each with their own exclusive territory. The Simmons are looking for operators in the Omaha, Fremont, Grand Island, Scottsbluff, and Nebraska City/Plattsmouth areas. Congratulations Deb & Dale!

A Sampling of REAP Staff Activities

REAP Staff Receive Awards for Outstanding Work - Dena Beck was the 2012 SBA Nebraska 3rd Congressional District Financial Services Champion of the Year, a tribute to her outstanding work in Southwest/Central Nebraska. Gene Rahn received the 2012 North Central Region Connecting Nebraskan’s Award for his work in North Central Nebraska.

New Initiatives, New Collaboration, New Directions

REAP strives to stay on the cutting edge of the micro enterprise field. Our staff is proud of new initiatives offered in the past year. Perhaps most important to our clients, REAP is researching and developing several new lending products and services.

Entrepreneurs Get 4 Essential Services from REAP!

If you’re a small business owner or someone who helps businesses develop in your community, you know competition is the name of the game. We are here to help! REAP offers essential business training, networking, small loans, loan packaging assistance, and one-on-one technical assistance.

Will Health Insurance Exchanges Be Worth the Wait?

Jane Yule is a nurse practitioner working in rural Nebraska. She became interested in health care reform because so many of her patients are uninsured. “I actually thought that when the health care law passed everyone just magically got insurance,” she said. But the reality, she learned, is a little more complicated.

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