Business Assistance News

Columbus REAP Roundtable Members Actively Learning

Members of the Columbus REAP Roundtable group are sharing experiences and learning from one another. In July, members met at Erstwhile Farm, LLC, in rural Columbus. Participants that evening were treated to a delicious meal comprised of products grown or produced at the farm.

About the Reporter

The Rural Enterprise Reporter is an annual publication describing program activities for the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, known as REAP. Last year was an exceptional one for REAP.

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.

REAP Women’s Business Center: Nine Years Running Strong

The REAP Women’s Business Center (WBC) entered its ninth year of funding and its fourth year of sustainability funding in October 2009. To date, REAP business specialists have provided 1,973 hours of counseling to 340 clients and 111 trainings to 1,492 people. Sixty-four percent of those trained were women. Approximately 54 start-up businesses have received assistance.


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