REAP News

Small businesses: PPP funds are exhausted, now what?

As of Thursday, April 16, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) had reached the maximum loan limit authorized by Congress, just 14 days after small businesses were first able to apply.

The program was created as part of the CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, which included $377 billion in relief to small businesses, with $350 billion of that allocated to the PPP.

Congress is debating a proposal to add $250 billion to the program. Action could come as soon as next week.

Staff spotlight: Jessica dives into new role as Women’s Business Center director

From workshops and one-on-one training to networking events across the state to personal coaching and business assistance, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center goes above and beyond to provide these free services to all Nebraskans.

Recently hired to take on the role of Women’s Business Center director, Jessica Campos jumped at the chance to work with the Center to help entrepreneurs and small business owners begin and expand successful businesses.

Staff spotlight: Raúl passes on knowledge to Nebraska business owners

After years of acquiring business knowledge, Raúl Arcos Hawkins now has the opportunity to share everything he’s learned with aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska.

Recently hired as a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) business development specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs, Raúl is no stranger to the organization. Initially hired as a contractor for REAP, Raúl spent more than a year assisting business owners before taking on his new role.

Shop local this holiday season

Shopping at a locally-owned and operated business is truly a unique experience.

The atmosphere surrounds you as soon as you step out of your car. Sometimes, holiday music flows through the main thoroughfares of your small town. Almost always, twinkling snowflakes line the streets.

Large storefront windows decorated for the season beam welcoming lights onto the sidewalk. These windows offer a snapshot of what you can expect when you enter the small business.

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