Rural Enterprise Reporter
Women’s Business Center First Year Success
The main objective of the REAP
Women’s Business Center is to serve self-employed women across
rural Nebraska. It is off to a great start and will build on
that next year.
BY GLENNIS MCCLURE, REAP WBC
Data recorded for the first year of the Women’s Business
Center (WBC) project shows that of the 436 clients participating
with REAP, 313 of those clients involved female business
operators. REAP services helped in some major way to start or
expand 42 Nebraska businesses from July 1, 2001 to July 1, 2002.
Of those, women owned businesses started during the first year
of REAP’s Women’s Business Center numbered 22.
REAP’s Nebraska Women’s Business Center covers all rural areas
of the state. Our staff travels out to assist client businesses,
conduct training sessions, and coordinate business networking
meetings in communities. REAP’s WBC is a “center without walls.”
Our idea from the beginning was to continue what REAP has done
throughout its history – take our services out to clients across
Nebraska. One WBC office somewhere in the state could not begin
to meet the needs or come close to the outreach that is
necessary to have an impact in rural development. REAP’s WBC has
field staff in eight offices covering the state of Nebraska.
The REAP website (part of the Center for Rural Affairs website),
Women’s Business Center
area. Several resource links go directly online to the Small
Business Administration and its related sites, including
www.onlinewbc.gov . The Women’s Business Center
online is designed to lend assistance and information on topics
that are of special interest to women in business.
In year two of the Women’s Business Center, we’re planning to
sponsor more REAP regional trainings, and we’ll have a two night
marketing seminar curriculum prepared to take out across the
We’re looking ahead to increasing our work with helping Nebraska
businesses network, especially women-owned businesses. REAP will
remain diligent in our microenterprise lending work and in
providing timely technical assistance to all clients as needed.
Contact: Glennis McClure,
REAP WBC Director at 402.645.3296 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.