Business Assistance News

Silver Anniversary Recap and Look Ahead

As the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) heads into its 26th year of operation, we hope you have enjoyed reading our 25th Anniversary eNews publications! This represents the final edition of the special 12-month run in celebration of REAP’s silver anniversary.

The REAP 25th Anniversary eNews series was designed to:

Remembering Rick Wallace

The Microenterprise and small business community in Nebraska recently lost a good friend. Rick Wallace passed away on January 4, 2016 after a prolonged illness.

He leaves behind a legacy of helping hundreds of small businesses succeed and shaping the state’s microenterprise development industry. From humble beginnings, Rick helped transform microenterprise into a mainstream economic development strategy to assist startup and expansion of small businesses in the state.

Enchanted Bakery Is a Dream Come True

Thirteen years ago, Ana Gonzalez wanted to start her own bakery. She had been working from home making cakes for friends and family, but always wanted to have a set location for a shop.

In 2008, Ana decided to open up cake sales to the public. She started “Pasteleria Crystal,” baking cakes out of the basement of her home in Hastings, Nebraska. Ana and her sister Veronica delivered the cakes, and customers also dropped by to pick up their order.


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