Small Business

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

Strategies
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

 

REAP Newsletter Fall 2014

Inside this Issue:
Spotlight on Success: A Gem of an Idea Gets this Business Rolling
Rural in the Digital Age
Rural Small Business Hiring on the Rise
Business Training Comes Direct to Your Doorstep
New REAP Administrative Assistant Says Hello!

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Meet Juan Sandoval, REAP Hispanic Business Center Director

I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I love that everyone in town knows who I am. Everywhere I go, I run into a friend.

I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. When I’m driving through Nebraska, I take a moment every day to look at the beautiful prairies, small farms, red barns, soy and corn fields, feedlots, and many brick buildings dating from the 1800-1900s. In all, Rural America is a great place to live.

REAP Staff the Hardest Working in the Country!

REAP is well known as the go-to program for entrepreneurs in need of services including lending, loan packaging, one-on-one counseling, business plan development, and specialized entrepreneurial training.

Our staff has come a long way since we began in 1990. Initially, REAP was a full-service Peer-Group lending program. The ability to organize and maintain peer groups was a high priority for staff back then.

By the late 1990’s, direct lending had become the norm. Working one-on-one with entrepreneurs became a prized skill, in addition to working with others.

Congratulations on Your 25th Anniversary!

This article was written by Ron Volkmer, Director, Creighton University School of Law. The occasion is our small business development program - REAP's - 25th anniversary.

Since its inception in 2007, the Creighton University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) has been privileged to work with the staff of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) of the Center for Rural Affairs.