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


$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!

Survey to Assess Needs of Rural Nebraska Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Every two years, our small business development program, better known as REAP, circulates a statewide small business needs assessment survey. It explores how Nebraska small businesses are faring. 

The small business climate in Nebraska is constantly changing. Keeping up and meeting the needs of startup and existing small businesses is crucial to everyone who provides small business services. The survey results help us and others to enhance programming to best serve the critical needs of today’s entrepreneurs.

Women’s Entrepreneur Conference Is Tailor-made for You!

March is Women’s History Month! One way to celebrate is to attend the Women Entrepreneurs Conference at the YWCA of Grand Island on March 19, 2014. It’s an event created especially for women in business.

At the conference, learn about small business legal issues, 21st century marketing, accounting and taxes, government contracting, and more. A panel of entrepreneurs will include three women business owners located in rural Nebraska.