GRAND ISLAND, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has opened an office at College Park, 3180 W. Highway 34, Room 200, in Grand Island.
An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Friday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The ribbon cutting with the Grand Island Area Chamber of Commerce will occur at 11 a.m.
The office will house individuals from the Center for Rural Affairs’ small business program, the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP.
“As our small business work has expanded in the Grand Island area and beyond, we recognized that a location in central Nebraska would broaden our impact,” said Kim Preston, REAP director. “While small businesses continue to seek financial assistance, counseling, and training, we see an opportunity to help strengthen vibrant Nebraska communities.”
Grand Island staff includes Jessica Campos, Women’s Business Center director; Griselda Rendon, Latino loan specialist; and Raul Arcos-Hawkins, business development specialist. All three are bilingual.
Visitors are welcome at the Grand Island office, and are encouraged to schedule an appointment as office hours may vary.
The Center for Rural Affairs’ home office is located in Lyons, Nebraska. Since 1990, the organization has provided microloans, business training, technical assistance, and networking to small businesses in Nebraska.