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REAP Continues to Produce, Innovate, and Evolve with Core Business Development Services

Fiscal Year 2012 was a massive, record-breaking year for the REAP program. Staff served more Nebraska startup and existing entrepreneurs than ever before. We placed the most loans in program history. Demand for our services is at an all-time high, showing the huge need in Nebraska and our ability to deliver results.

Hard work makes a difference, and we’ve met the challenging times head-on. From July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, REAP assisted 2,051 entrepreneurs.

Record Lending Meets REAP Mission

The job title “business specialist” may sound dry to some, but it shouldn’t. Because our REAP Business Specialists could just as easily be called “Dream Makers.” We help hard-working business owners and entrepreneurs reach for their dreams.

REAP’s Work Translates into Real World Business Success

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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!

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