Inside this issue
Remembering Jeff Reynolds: With a heavy heart, I write to share the news that Jeff Reynolds passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 2017. Jeff directed the Center’s small business development program, the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP, as it is widely known in Nebraska.
Longneckers are Entrepreneurs of the Year: Service is the number one priority at Odiss Enterprises, LLC, owned by Mary Jo and Don Longnecker in Indianola, Neb. That mantra is one of the reasons the Center for Rural Affairs chose Mary Jo and Don as the 2016 Entrepreneurs of the Year.
10 things I’ve learned in 10 years with REAP: #1: Small business is BIG business in rural areas (90 percent of the businesses have 10 and fewer full-time employees).
REAP Women's Business Center: Fourth annual conference incorporates insight, inspiration, and growth: Women business owners gathered in Grand Island on April 12 for a Women Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Women’s Business Center and the Nebraska District Office of the Small Business Administration.
REAP Award Winner Insert
Women's Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year: Linda Horner
Latino Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year: Ana Gonzalez
REAP Friend of the Year: Glennis McClure
REAP Extra Mile Award: Doris Lux
Latino Business Center Partner of the Year: Sandra Barrera
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