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


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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Funding Available for Small Business Investments in Renewable Energy

Hey small business owners, your creativity, passion, and drive helped you launch a business in your small town. Investing in renewable energy can help propel your business to the next level.

Installing wind or solar energy systems can cut down on your energy bill and attract new customers who appreciate a product produced with renewable energy. Grants for such projects are now available through the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).

REAP Goes to Washington to Share Small Business Successes

Small business and rural living are two of my passions. That's why I was delighted to be in the nation's capitol during National Small Business Week.

I work with the Center's small business development program, REAP, and I went to share what we have learned in 20 plus years working with entrepreneurs in small towns and rural communities.

REAP is part of “The Friends of the SBA Microloan Program.” The friends network supports a strong and effective Microloan Program at the Small Business Administration (SBA).

Milo Alexander Named REAP Friend of the Year

Milo Alexander retired in July of 2013 from Creighton School of Law’s Community Economic Development Clinic. At Creighton, he directed the school’s program to assist micro businesses and nonprofits in rural areas across Nebraska and western Iowa.

He also taught and supervised up to eight senior-certified law students each semester. Each year, he conducted community education workshops providing small business education regarding the differences between legal entities, the use of contract labor, etc.