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REAP Helps Celebrate 25 Years of Microenterprise Support

Center for Rural Affairs REAP staffers Dena Beck and Nancy Flock attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) in Washington, D.C. in May. AEO is the trade association for microenterprise businesses in the United States.

Session tracks focused on inclusion, innovation, collaboration, and economic disruption and transformation. Entrepreneurs and service providers like REAP are working on most of these themes to drive their businesses and missions forward.

The Good Herdsman - Celebrating Ten Unapologetically Rural Years

Throughout my years I’ve recognized that a good herdsman understands that when working with and sorting livestock, it’s best to move gently, quietly and step towards the cattle, working with the animals rather against. It’s a science and a real art that requires patience and knowledge of the animal.
 
Recently while sorting cattle it dawned on me that the way a good herdsman interacts with livestock isn’t all that different from how a good leader interacts with his colleagues and peers.
 

From Bees to Sharks

One of the great things about being a REAP Loan Specialist for the Center for Rural Affairs is the fact that you participate in lots of activities. From attending conferences and meetings to developing trainings and providing coaching to a variety of businesses, you are constantly meeting new people.

Center Spirit Award

Memorial Day weekend kicked off a new Center for Rural Affairs tradition - a spirit award! The inaugural award went to Dena Beck, Senior Project Leader and Loan Specialist for our small business development program, REAP.

Dena had posted a photograph of her spiffy home office on facebook, adorned with the wood window frame carved with the Center's logo. (See it above.)

Time to Say Farewell

Good times, bad times, happy times, sad times ... and now, time to say farewell! Today (May 20) marks my last day in the Center for Rural Affairs office as the Senior Policy Associate.

I had the pleasure of working with the Center for Rural Affairs for the past 15 years. I started as an intern, fresh out of college as a non-traditional student.

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