Rapid Lending Pace: Good News for the Rural Economy!

Have you felt the buzz of entrepreneurship in your neighborhood? It is reverberating through the Center for Rural Affairs Lyons office as REAP staff are breaking all records.

As we head into the final month of this quarter (April, May, and June), our Loan Specialists have made 35 loans totaling $440,250. It's a sure sign Nebraska entrepreneurs are building and growing their businesses and the rural economy!

The big question: Can we reach the 50 mark before the end of June?

GROW Nebraska & REAP the Rewards!

Guest writer Sara Brownwood, GROW Nebraska Marketing Technology Director, contributed this article for our REAP 25th Anniversary celebration.

GROW Nebraska and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) have partnered for over 15 years to help make Nebraska’s businesses strong. GROW Nebraska’s™ mission is to create sustainable economic development by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through promotion, market access, and education.

Bling by Zing Earns Nationwide Following

Since 2011, David and Kimberly Nelson have been designing and producing high-quality custom bling designs and applying them to t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jeans, backpacks, headbands, dance and cheer uniforms, sports jerseys, mugs, helmets, car/store windows, and more!

Family Farmers Win, Packers Lose

Last week the Nebraska legislature debated and killed LB 176 for the year!
The Bill, introduced by Senator Ken Schilz, would have lifted Nebraska’s ban on packer ownership of hogs. Increasing packer ownership of hogs relegates smaller, family farm producers to the role of residual suppliers, taking lower prices or even lesser contracts at virtually every turn.