REAP Announces Women & Co.® Awardees

For the fifth year, the REAP Women’s Business Center has participated in the Women & Co.® Microenterprise Boost Program funded by Citi Foundation. Three entrepreneurs will receive cash awards of $3,000 or $5,000 as well as business skills training to help them grow and develop their businesses.

This program is designed to help low- and moderate-income women who are owners of microenterprises – businesses with five or fewer employees. Now in its fifth year, the program is funded by Citi Foundation and managed by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national leadership organization and voice of U.S. microenterprise development.

Women business owners within the income guidelines who have participated in REAP training opportunities and/or have received assistance from a REAP Business Specialist are eligible for this award. This is one of the most rewarding aspects of our jobs as Business Specialists – being able to actually “give away” money.

This year the number of awards was decreased, but the award amounts were substantially increased. These should really provide a “boost” to the following awardees chosen for 2009:

Leala Jimerson, Smarter Treats, LLC, Chadron
Elaine Mullin, Elaine’s Hair Studio, Pawnee City
Connie Harvey, Efficiency Counts, Hastings

The award winners will be recognized at the GROW Nebraska Annual Membership meeting at the Lochland Country Club in Hastings NE on April 17 (see www.grownebraska.org for more). The awardees will be able to network with other business owners and participate in educational sessions at the event. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with GROW Nebraska.

Congratulations to our 2009 Women & Co.® Microenterprise Boost Program Awardees!

Contact: Monica Braun, monicab@cfra.org or 402.643.2673 for more information.