Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (micro loans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.

Call on REAP when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska. You can find your nearest REAP business specialist here. Through REAP you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan.

Started in 1990, REAP has provided services to numerous micro/small businesses throughout Nebraska. (A micro business is defined as one with 10 or fewer employees.) We've placed over $10 million in loans and leveraged over $17 million in additional funds from other sources.

REAP is a proud member of the Nebraska Small Business Collaborative, extending microenterprise businesses technical assistance and micro-loans in all distressed areas of Nebraska. You can learn more about REAP here.

REAP Notes


Rural Enterprise Reporter 2015: REAP's Annual Report

Another Great Year of Business Development Services for Rural Entrepreneurs

Fiscal Year 2015 was a record-setting year for REAP. We worked with large numbers of startup and existing entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska, placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans, and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs. The need for REAP services is at an all-time high. It speaks to the massive demand for services in Nebraska and our ability and capacity to produce results.

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Women-Owned Businesses Flourish

Women-owned businesses are gaining economic impact and clout. That’s the message Kim Preston (REAP administrative assistant) and I heard at the Women’s Business Center National Conference in El Paso, Texas.

The National Women’s Business Council released an analysis of preliminary U.S. Census data from the 2012 Survey of Business Owners. The snapshot of women entrepreneurs shows definite growth since 2007. Among the highlights:

Avoid the Payday Loan Trap

Jeremiah Luebbe, an attorney with Steffens Law Office in Broken Bow, Nebraska reached out to me to brainstorm a small business training session for the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program. As we chatted, we discovered a mutual loathing for payday lending. Jeremiah gave us permission to use an article written by Steffens Law Office, P.C. on the topic, presented below.