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 loans almost 2 million dollars to small businesses in FY 2016

Fiscal Year 2016 was a record-setting year for Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). In 2016, we placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs across Nebraska.

We are respected nationally as an outstanding microenterprise development program that serves rural entrepreneurs and small businesses in Nebraska. REAP is the largest rural microenterprise development program in the United States.

What do you need to know to start a business?

Starting a business is a daunting task.

If you've been thinking of starting your own business, we want to provide you with information and resources that will help you succeed. Join us at Starting Up – What Women Need to Know to Start a Business on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at the Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island.

Training Topics: Metrics Matter, Online Marketing, Business Plan Basics

The REAP Women’s Business Center and Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise recently hosted a Business Plan Basics series in the North Platte area. A great group of entrepreneurs participated (pictured).

We are offering Online Marketing Strategies in communities across Nebraska. This opportunity discusses building your online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media venues.