May 2003      Vol. 12, No. 5  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Free Web Page with a Quick GROW Loan
REAP continues to provide small business loans to GROW Nebraska members. The service, in its second year, now includes a home page on GROW NE’s website.

REAP and GROW Nebraska recently entered the second year of a collaborative lending agreement. The result of this collaboration is a successful loan product exclusively available to GROW Nebraska members. A marketing and training program for Nebraska arts and crafts businesses, GROW Nebraska is a project of the Central Plains Foundation, Inc. located at Holbrook, Nebraska.

GROW Nebraska locates Nebraska arts and crafts businesses and helps them grow through education and training, product jurying, group marketing, group advertising, and a skills matching database. Their Marketing and Training Program was started to help Nebraska compete with other states providing training, education, and marketing services for the “hidden” craft industry.

The Quick Grow Loan can be used for startup and existing business purposes. It is designed for easy borrower application process and quick turn around. Loans can be $1,000 or less and require no collateral.

For 2003, Quick GROW loan applicants will receive a free home page on the GROW Nebraska website, This applies only to businesses without an existing website and represents a $60/ year value.

GROW Nebraska membership is $75 annually. Members also pay at a discounted rate for cooperative ads and booth fees. Core services include jurying, retail, and wholesale markets, cooperative ads, and educational events.

 Contact: GROW Nebraska at 1.888.GROWNeb, 308.493.5394, or Their business address is PO Box 7, Holbrook, Nebraska 68948..
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