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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Ric Camacho Turned Tough Times into a Successful Business

The year was 2009 and as always, history seemed to repeat itself. This was evident to Ric Camacho Sr; just a year before he was employed by a large construction and mechanical firm. He worked for a company that was now busy eliminating departments and reducing jobs, including his. Ric worked in the mechanical division of the company, leading the plumbing, HVAC and sheet metal fabrication departments. 

SCORE Congratulates REAP on 25 Years of Service

Thanks to guest author Gene D. Knapp, with SCORE, for the kind words about the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program.

SCORE has worked very successfully with REAP in Nebraska to jointly help entrepreneurs succeed. SCORE is a 50+ year old not-for-profit, 501(c)3, resource center of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Our mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed in starting small businesses and in growing their small businesses.