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Award winner partners with Center to achieve small business success

Every year, the Center for Rural Affairs recognizes an individual or organization that demonstrates outstanding support for the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center.

This year, that honor goes to Jessica Campos, of Grand Island, Nebraska.

Recipient of the REAP Latino Business Center Partner Award, Jessica is being recognized for her exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Business owners hunt for knowledge, find it through REAP training

More than a bed and breakfast, more than a hunting lodge—Whitetail River Lodge, outside of Niobrara, Nebraska, is a home away from home for its guests.

The lodge offers deer and turkey hunting on 6,000 acres of leased ground. Accommodations include lodging and meals for up to 18 people, as well as a dining area that can be used for small meetings or events.

From the desk of the executive director: the little program that could

Let me tell you a story. It’s a story of a little program called RMAP. Sounds wonky, right?

It’s the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, which is part of the larger farm bill. The story started a long time ago.

A Center study in the late 1980s showed a high rate of self-employment in rural areas, but few economic development strategies to help this sector. The more rural the area, the higher the rate of self-employment, the report documented. This research led us to expand our programs to serve small businesses.

Floristería arma un ramo de éxitos a través de REAP

Yomara Hernández ha tenido una historia de amor de toda la vida con todo lo floral.

Desde temprana edad, ayudó a su madre a hacer flores de tela para ramos de novia y decoraciones para bodas con flores naturales y artificiales. Su madre solía venderlos como juegos completos, y ahora Yomara también se dedica a los arreglos florales.

Florist arranges bouquet of success through REAP

Yomara Hernandez has had a lifelong love affair with all things floral.

From an early age, she helped her mother make fabric flowers for bridal bouquets, and decorations for weddings with natural and artificial flowers. Her mother used to sell them as complete sets, and now Yomara makes her living selling flowers, too.

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