Staff spotlight: Eberle serves east central small businesses

The Center for Rural Affairs recently hired Craig Eberle, of Bradshaw, Nebraska, as a small business loan specialist.

Eberle’s role is to work with new and existing small businesses to help them develop business plans, obtain funding, and receive training.

“I look forward to working with small businesses; helping them either expand their existing business, or start a new business,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to work with individuals who live and work in rural Nebraska.”

Eberle brings 18 years of agricultural, consumer, commercial, and residential lending experience to the Center’s small business program, the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). Eberle was most recently assistant director and business loan officer at the Southeast Nebraska Development District.

Gene Rahn, interim REAP staff manager and senior loan specialist, said Eberle will be a valuable asset to the the team.

“Craig brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Center for Rural Affairs,” he said. “He is working on getting to know his region and the individuals involved with small business activities in east central Nebraska.”

Eberle serves the east central region of Nebraska including Boone, Butler, Colfax, Dodge, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Howard, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, Sherman, Washington, Wheeler, Valley, and York counties.

Eberle grew up near Bradshaw, Nebraska, where his family raised hogs, corn, and soybeans. He recently returned to the area with his wife, to raise their four-year-old son and one-year-old daughter, and to help on the family farm.

He can be contacted at his home office outside of Bradshaw at 402.736.4417 or