REAP

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. 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 $9 million in loans and leveraged over $16 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.

REAP Notes

 

REAP Newsletter Spring 2014

$10 Million Lending Plateau Reached
REAP, the Center's small business development program, has reached an historical plateau in placement of loans. We closed a loan in northeast Nebraska that put us over 10 million dollars loaned for the history of the program. This is a significant accomplishment for us. But more importantly, it is a testament to rural Nebraska entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial spirit!

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Relationships, Technology, Business Basics Help You Get Ahead

What do you get in a room filled with Business Women? Networking and Learning! That’s what filled the YWCA of Grand Island when the Center's REAP Women's Business Center and the SBA District Office hosted the Women Entrepreneurs Conference on March 19, 2014.

Ann Martin, IdeaBank Marketing, shared the 10 Missteps of Marketing and How to Avoid Them. She encouraged us to know our customers, know our competition, and know how we do it better. Relationship marketing is key.

REAP Women's Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

Stacy Chingren identified the need for a contemporary bakery and café in North Platte and returned home from Omaha to fill that void. In 2009, Gracie Mae’s Bakery and Café opened its doors and offered the community a fresh new place to order baked goods, grab a latté and even order lunch!

Gracie Mae’s is a unique bakery and café where everything is prepared fresh daily, and the ambiance is welcoming to people of all ages.

$10 Million Lending Plateau Reached

REAP, the Center's small business development program, has reached an historical plateau in placement of loans. We closed a loan in northeast Nebraska that put us over 10 million dollars loaned for the history of the program. This is a significant accomplishment for us. But more importantly, it is a testament to rural Nebraska entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial spirit!