REAP Activities 2008

Staff Receive Major Awards – Jerry Terwilliger and Eugene Rahn both received awards in 2009 recognizing their outstanding work as Business Specialists with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project. Jerry Terwilliger earned the 2009 SBA Nebraska Financial Services Champion of the Year award for his outstanding work in the Nebraska Panhandle. Eugene Rahn was recognized with the Nebraska Enterprise Fund Outstanding Service Award for reaching six million dollars in micro lending.

That’s Impressive: Small Business Activity in Rural Nebraska

Marvin and Candy Blecha purchased the hardware store in Humboldt, Nebraska, in fall of 2006. Prior to their purchase, store hours were sporadic and supplies and inventory were limited. Marvin, a machinery mechanic, saw a way to keep Humboldt’s downtown square alive with business and to help his hometown economy grow. He and his wife Candy understand the importance of supporting their community and growing the business economy in Southeast Nebraska.

Improved REAP Web Serves Rural Entrepreneurs

The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to helping rural small businesses succeed through action-oriented programming including lending, loan packaging assistance, small business training, one-on-one counseling and networking opportunities. In providing assistance to startup and existing entrepreneurs, an up-to-date and easy to use website is an important tool. To that end, we have been busy working behind the scenes on a major upgrade of the REAP website. We launched the new site on April 13, 2009, at

Rural America and Health Care Reform

Rural Americans face unique challenges in our current health care system. When Congress acts on health care reform later this summer, their legislation will need to address rural concerns if Congress hopes to fulfill the promise of making the health care system fair and equitable to all.

Hair Salon Gets a Stylish Boost

Elaine Mullin Receives Funds to Expand Business
The REAP Women’s Business Center recently recognized Elaine Mullin with a $3,000 award provided by the Women & Co.® Microenterprise Boost Program. Elaine owns and operates Elaine’s Hair Studio in Pawnee City, Neb. and has built a clientele of over 150 people in the area. She has over 30 years of experience working as a hair stylist.


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