Small Business

The most effective development strategy for rural communities is small entrepreneurship – locally owned and operated small businesses. 

Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.

Call on REAP when you are thinking of starting a small business or if you already operate a small business in Nebraska. You can find your nearest REAP business specialist here. Through REAP you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan.

Are starting or expanding a small business in Nebraska? Do you need just a little bit more working capital? Have you tried, but have been unsuccessful in getting a traditional bank loan? Our small business loans may be your answer. To serve a more diverse set of clients, our underwriting process is...
The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center provides free services to all Nebraskans to help entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow successful businesses. Funds from the Small Business Administration and private donors secure our ability to work in...
Our Women's Business Center hosts various workshops focused on emergency preparedness, marketing, business plans, social media, specific industries, and more. If you represent a community group - such as a chamber of commerce, economic development agency, library, etc. - and are looking to host an...
Small businesses are the backbone of rural communities. We work for federal rural policy recognizes the importance of entrepreneurship as a rural development strategy and provide the resources necessary for rural communities to leverage the spirit, creativity and opportunities entrepreneurship...