REAP to Present at Hastings Entrepreneurs Meeting

Release Date: 

11/28/2007

Contact(s): 

Dena Beck, denab@gtmc.net Phone: (308) 528-0060
Lyons, Nebraska - On Wednesday, December 12, Dena Beck will give a presentation to the Hasting Entrepreneurs group about the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) a program from the Center for Rural Affairs. The meeting will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Room, 301 S Burlington in Hastings. Contact Liz Halsted (402) 469-5369 for Hastings Entrepreneur meeting information.
“I am excited to work in Hastings, which I see as an entrepreneurial hot spot.  I feel we have a lot to learn from each other,” commented Beck. Dena Beck is a Business Specialist for REAP serving 21 counties in the Southwest and Central regions of Nebraska.  Adams County will be included in her area starting January 2008. She can be contacted by e-mailing denab@gtmc.net or calling 308-528-0060.

The Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) and its services are available to rural communities across Nebraska. REAP's work centers around four components: technical assistance which includes business planning and trouble shooting consultations, financial and cash flow budgeting, loan packaging assistance;  a micro loan fund, networking, and business management training.

Small self-employment businesses are at the core of the economic activity in rural Nebraska.  REAP is the largest full service micro-enterprise program in Nebraska and is one of the largest rural based programs in the nation. REAP is designed to assist all types of small businesses, including businesses with 5 or fewer employees, self-employed full-time, part-time, home-based, farm-based, start-up, and store-front businesses.
 
More information about REAP can be found at www.cfra.org/reap, or by calling 402.656.3091 or 308.528.0060.  The Center for Rural Affairs receives funding for REAP from the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Community Development Block Grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources.

 

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