Small Business News

Projections Help Determine the Feasibility of Your Business

It’s always advisable to assess if a business is feasible, but in this economy, it’s essential to do research and make the best decisions for your business or potential business. When REAP staff work with business owners, it’s often the financial projections that are the most difficult to predict with any accuracy.

Fire Ignites Desire to Reopen Auto Repair Shop

Edgar’s Japanese Auto Repair re-opened in Lexington, Nebraska, in May of 2002. Prior to 2002, Edgar had the same business for 12 years in the Los Angeles area. The Gutierrez’s decided to move to Nebraska so their children could have a better place to grow up and so they could have more opportunities as small business owners than the metropolitan area offered.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs... Rebuilding Nebraska's Economy

Rural Nebraskans are their own best economic allies, creating jobs for themselves and often others in their communities through starting small businesses. Thanks to programs such as the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act and the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program as well as the Center's annual MarketPlace rural entrepreneurship conference, Nebraska's rural entrepreneurs are making a real difference, not only for themselves and their communities, but for Nebraska and the nation.

REAP Serves up 20 Years of Excellence

Over 700 loans totaling close to six million dollars have been distributed to entrepreneurs through the innovative REAP program, which began in 1990.

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) was started by the Center for Rural Affairs in January 1990 and is celebrating a 20th anniversary this year. REAP is respected nationally as an outstanding microenterprise development program and is one of the largest rural microenterprise development programs in the US. REAP was the first microenterprise development program founded in Nebraska and set a tone for excellence in the state that continues today.

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