Learning to Better Serve
On June 3 REAP staff attended a training discussing
“Serving the Immigrant Community.” It was a joint
training effort with the Nebraska Microenterprise
Partnership Fund (NMPF) and Catholic Charities-Micro
The training discussed the need to reach out to the
immigrant community, demographics, and reaching the
immigrant market with products or services. Guest
speakers included Todd Timm with the IRS and Wensley
Durand and Ernesto Marquez from Bonding and Technical
Services of Davis.
After lunch two Hispanic business owners told about
their “Real Life Experiences” starting a business in the
U.S. Enrique Garcia from Omaha is a new business owner
of A&A Remodeling. He is pleasantly surprised with the
overwhelming support he has received from Catholic
Charities and Marialy M. Negron, the leader of the
The next speaker was Antonio Gomez, Gomez Pallets in
Jackson, NE. He has been a business owner for over 20
years in the Jackson area. He spoke of the many
challenges he had to overcome and gave some pointers to
Enrique as well. Antonio recently attended our Basic
Business Plan training in Spanish in South Sioux City.
REAP played a part in the training by talking about some
of our experiences in just starting out with our program
to serve immigrant entrepreneurs. This was a highly
inspirational, educational day attended by over 40 NMPF
members. Contact: Karen Linnenbrink, 402.372.3840 or
Minority Procurement Program
The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)
is a non-profit organization that links over 15,000
Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) with more than
3,500 corporate members.
America’s top publicly-owned, privately-owned, and
foreign-owned corporations, as well as universities,
hospitals, and other large purchasing organizations are
members. NMSDC celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2002.
NMSDC’s mission is to provide opportunities for minority
businesses to market and sell goods and services to
corporations located throughout the U.S. and abroad. To
take advantage of these opportunities, businesses must
be certified by one of the 39 Regional Councils serving
their cities and states.
Great Plains Minority Supplier Development Council (GPMSDC),
located at 1301 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102, provides
certification for minority businesses located in
Nebraska, Western Iowa, and South Dakota. REAP is
partnering with Great Plains MSDC to bring awareness to
this opportunity and by helping Minority Business
Enterprises in rural Nebraska to become certified.
Questions about this program and about certification can
be addressed to Virginia Lemmons at 402.346.1694.