Rural Enterprise Reporter
Highlights of REAP Activities over the Year
From attending trainings, to
kicking off new REAP services, to giving testimony and awards,
REAP staff were busy improving their capacity to better serve
- REAP participated at the Center’s Annual Meeting in
November 2001. Several sessions focusing on small business
were presented. The 2001 REAP awards were distributed at the
annual meeting. REAP Small Business of the Year was Ken and
Colleen Duncan, Friend of the Year was Susan Schichting,
Officer of the Year was Luella Philippi, and Extra Mile Awards
were presented to Troy Gagner and David Taladay.
- The Center for Rural Affairs created a new award. The
Entrepreneur Award is for an innovative person working with
REAP who is in the forefront of microenterprise development.
Longtime REAP member Ed and Vicki Oxford, Logs & More, Sargent,
NE were the first-ever recipients of this new award.
- REAP of the Center for Rural Affairs was recognized by the
Nebraska Rural Development Commission (RDC) as one of the
Commission’s Top 100 Rural Development Initiatives for 2001.
- REAP WBC Director Glennis McClure, REAP Administrative
Assistant Peggy Mahaney, and Center for Rural Affairs Staff
Accountant Hayley Hallstrom attended the SBA Women’s Business
Center (WBC) orientation in Washington DC.
- REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds and Self Employment
Loan Fund (SELF) Director Rick Wallace gave testimony before
the Appropriations Committee of the Nebraska Unicameral in
favor of LB-327 funds that support microenterprise programs in
- REAP staff provided comments at the public hearing on
small business transfer and entrepreneurship at Hastings, NE.
The public forum was hosted by the Nebraska Rural Development
Commission and focused on retaining and planning for business
succession in rural communities.
- REAP staff held a regional Advisory committee meeting at
Hickman, NE. A total of 16 including REAP staff attended the
meeting. Topics included REAP activities, officer duty
updates, and key discussion questions.
- REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds attended a FIELD Scale
Cluster meeting at Washington DC on December 5-7, 2001. Fund
for Information, Effectiveness, Learning Dissemination (FIELD)
is a project of the Aspen Institute, Washington DC. REAP
received a two-year, $100,000 grant in April 2000. The funding
is to help REAP explore strategies in “achieving scale” which
will allow REAP to increase overall client reach and program
efficiency. The meeting brought together various programs
involved with this cluster and shared experiences since
beginning the achieving scale work.
- The Women’s Business Center celebrated its opening
celebration on Sept 18, 2001 in Nebraska City. Approximately
40 people attended including friends of the Center for Rural
Affairs, REAP, the SBA, and various elected officials.
- REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds participated as a
panelist with a session at the Association for Enterprise
Opportunity (AEO) Annual Conference at Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The
session was entitled “Framework for National Rural
Microenterprise Policy.” AEO is the trade association for
microenterprise programs in the US and provides the premier
national microenterprise training conference each year.
- REAP staff attended the AEO national conference in Ft.
Contact: Jeff Reynolds,
REAP Program Director at 402.645.3296 or
email@example.com for more information.