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.

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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.

Building Small Business IS a Global Affair

You know you are passionate about work when someone invites you to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin, Colombia, while on vacation, and you still think about attending.
 
That is exactly what happened while I was visiting relatives on my trip to South America in March. The event that grouped 15 nations and several international organizations facilitated discussion on four key pillars: creating jobs, building international collaboration, facilitating trade, and promoting gender equity.