New Bilingual Service Coming to McCook and Red Willow County - Center for Rural Affairs REAP expands services in addition to providing financing, training, and technical assistance for small businesses
LYONS, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project-REAP is pleased to announce that Nancy Flock, REAP Loan Specialist, will begin holding office hours in McCook. Along with providing financing, training, and technical assistance for small businesses, Flock will also provide bilingual assistance to Latino entrepreneurs.
REAP is the largest statewide rural program in the nation, operating Nebraska's first and only Women’s Business Center and the Latino Business Center. The program focuses on small business development. REAP consists of elements including: networking, business management training, credit (micro-loans) and technical assistance. REAP staff are located across Nebraska to provide full service to Nebraska's rural micro entrepreneurs. Each Loan Specialist serves one of 5 regions across the state. Flock, REAP Loan Specialist for the Southwest region of Nebraska, serves the McCook and Red Willow County area as well as 17 other counties in Southwest Nebraska.
Fluent in both English and Spanish, Flock brings a component to the program in McCook that has not been offered before. She will be in McCook the fourth Friday of each month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment to visit with Flock about the REAP program and the services it can offer your small business, contact the McCook Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) at (308) 345-1200.
“I’m excited to collaborate with MEDC to deliver REAP services to entrepreneurs in McCook and the surrounding communities,” commented Flock. “Opening the doors for entrepreneurs who would benefit from being able to work on their business plan and related items in Spanish is also something I’m looking forward to.”
For the past nine years, Dena Beck, REAP Loan Specialist and Senior Project Leader, has served the McCook and Red Willow County area. March 18 was the final visit for Beck. While she continues to pursue her work with REAP, she will shift her region further east.
Beck fondly reflected on her nine years of service to the McCook area and how she initially established office hours in McCook. “Having known Rex Nelson, former director of the McCook Economic Development Corporation, through the Nebraska Economic Developers Association-NEDA, I reached out to him regarding having office hours there monthly. And he graciously agreed.”
Beck credits Angela Allen, Administrative Assistant, for keeping her organized and arranging appointments. As well as, “always greeting me with a smile.”
“Many people pass through the doors and not all of them started their business, but I like to think that my time there was well spent and I very much appreciate all of the people in the region,” concluded Beck. “Not just the entrepreneurs, but the traditional lenders, Rex and Angela as well as the McCook Economic Development Corporation board for taking a chance on bringing in a consultant to augment Rex's work. I'm excited for my very capable colleague, Nancy to get to know the area, and know she will serve them well.”