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REAP among Best Microlenders in the US

According to numbers provided by the Small Business Administration’s Jody Raskind, Chief of the Microenterprise Development Branch, during a presentation on April 16, REAP made 68 loans to small businesses in the state in Fiscal 2011, the ninth-most loans out of more than 150 microlenders in the country.

Can You Think Boldly about Nebraska’s Rural Future?

By Kayla Schnuelle, KSCHNUELLE2@unl.edu

Globalization is rapidly changing the world. To create a successful future, we must be able to anticipate and manage change.

The Rural Futures Conference honed in on how to manage change in rural places. This inaugural event was sponsored by the University of Nebraska and held in Lincoln in May. It drew about 450 people.

Out & About for Micro Entrepreneurs

By Jeff Reynolds, jeffr@cfra.org

AEO Conference

Four REAP staff attended the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) conference in Washington DC. AEO is the national voice of microenterprise. Their goal: give people across the country access to the resources and services they need to create wealth, assets, and healthy communities.

Beat the Heat

The recent US heat wave is no joke. People are dying, crops are drying, grain markets are climbing and energy use is skyrocketing. With some of the recent temperatures the hottest on record, its not surprising most Americans believe in climate change.

Farmers are losing their livelihoods, and rural residents--particularly the elderly--are struggling with the high temperatures. To beat the heat, you need to keep a cool head. Turning down the AC can be expensive, but its possible to survive comfortably while avoiding sky-high energy costs.

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