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. 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

 

Survey Results Shape Future

A heartfelt Thank You to the 602 people from Nebraska who completed the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey, which was offered both in English and Spanish. We have begun the fascinating work of putting together the responses. They range from aspiring businesses to those within 10 years of transitioning as well as the folks that serve these businesses...Bankers, Economic Developers, Chambers of Commerce.

Your information will help REAP and other business resource providers better serve Nebraska’s Businesses.

Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips from the SBA

Security is important to all of us, personally and as business owners. With critical information provided by customers, it is essential that proper steps are taken to ensure your records and their information are adequately secure. Here are some tips on Cybersecurity from the Small Business Administration.

1. Protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious code
Make sure each of your business’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and antispyware and update regularly. Configure all software to install updates automatically.