Survey to Assess Needs of Rural Nebraska Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Release Date: 

01/28/2008

Contact(s): 

Jeff Reynolds, jeffr@alltel.net, Phone: (402) 656-3091 Dena Beck, denab@gtmc.net, Phone: (308) 528-0060
Lyons, Nebraska - The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, is circulating a statewide small business needs assessment survey.
The survey, which only takes 10 minutes to complete, is for small business owners, lenders and service providers. Individuals are asked to complete the survey by March 10.
 
“The small business climate in Nebraska is constantly changing.  Meeting the needs of startup and existing small businesses is extremely important to all organizations and entities that provide small business services," commented Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Director. "The Center for Rural Affairs REAP program will be using the results of this 'needs' based survey to help shape future programming and to best serve the critical needs of today’s entrepreneurs.”
 
REAP is Nebraska’s largest microenterprise program and is committed to meeting the needs of startup and existing entrepreneurs in rural Nebraska. REAP provides lending, loan packaging, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for startup and existing small businesses.
 
For more information about REAP and its services and to access the survey, visit: www.cfra.org/reap . The survey can also be found at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=s_2fv3mjpBEmsmGvK1LjP6YA_3d_3d .
 
Funding to make the work of REAP possible comes from many sources and includes: the Community Development Block Grant program through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Share Our Strength Foundation, WealthSpring Fund through the Nebraska Community Foundation, Nebraska Microenterprise Partnership Fund through the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Small Business Administration Microloan & Women’s Business Center Programs, and from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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