Small Business

The most effective development strategy for rural communities is small entrepreneurship – locally owned and operated small businesses.

You have a great idea for a new small business. Congratulations! That's the first step. Here are some other ideas and information to consider on your journey to success.

Small Business Programs
Several programs are available to help businesses to become established and grow. Our own Rural Enterprise Assistance Project provides trains, technical assistance, and small loans for entrepreneurs in Nebraska.  

Small Business Notes


Rural Enterprise Reporter 2015: REAP's Annual Report

Another Great Year of Business Development Services for Rural Entrepreneurs

Fiscal Year 2015 was a record-setting year for REAP. We worked with large numbers of startup and existing entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska, placed and leveraged over $2.9 million in loans, and reached significant numbers of women and Latino entrepreneurs. The need for REAP services is at an all-time high. It speaks to the massive demand for services in Nebraska and our ability and capacity to produce results.

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Avoid the Payday Loan Trap

Jeremiah Luebbe, an attorney with Steffens Law Office in Broken Bow, Nebraska reached out to me to brainstorm a small business training session for the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program. As we chatted, we discovered a mutual loathing for payday lending. Jeremiah gave us permission to use an article written by Steffens Law Office, P.C. on the topic, presented below.

RCK Creations & More Finds Business Success off the Beaten Path

Take on two new life adventures at the same time? Sure, why not! Connie and Roger Kirkpatrick were married on Friday July 3, 2009. On Monday, July 6, they signed the papers for a REAP loan to purchase equipment for their new business, RCK Creations & More.
Connie and Roger’s business began as a home-based operation in Alda, Nebraska. After purchasing the etching equipment and supplies, Roger spent 6 months becoming proficient with the new tools. RCK Creations & More was up and running!