August  2003      Vol. 12, No. 8  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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SASBA Plans Series of Educational Meetings
The Siouxland Area Small Business Association (SASBA) meets every month on the second Tuesday at 7:00 pm at the Cardinal Opportunity Center at 2101 Dakota Ave. South Sioux City, Neb. for networking, loans, educational classes, and more.

Upcoming programs include:

  • Sept. 9 - Russ Gifford - Quick Tricks for Quick Books
  • Oct. 14 - Leeann Orr - Harvesting Your Advertising Opportunities
  • Nov. 11 - Gaila Gilliland - Management Issues for the Micro Business
  • Dec. 9 - Russ Gifford - Simple Strategies to Maximize Your Time

For more information on SASBA, contact Northeast Business Specialist, Karen Linnenbrink at 402-372-3840 or email

Business Specialists Funded
The Nebraska Department of Economic Developmentís support for REAPís five Business Specialists has been continued for another two years through June 30, 2005.

This support, delivered through the Department of Economic Developmentís Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, has been instrumental in expanding REAP to all rural areas of Nebraska.

It makes business specialists possible across the state to provide lending, training, networking, and one-on-one technical assistance to rural startup and existing small business people.

REAPís goal is to assist small businesses as they strive to find success for themselves, their families, and their communities. REAPís mission of strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development is made possible with this key funding piece. We are proud to have the Nebraska Department of Economic Development as our partner.

Reynolds Named to Post
The Nebraska Microenterprise Partnership Fund (NMPF) is a statewide financial intermediary dedicated to supporting microenterprise practitioners. The NMPF Board decided at its December 2002 meeting to invite representation from an NMPF grantee organization to join the NMPF Advisory Committee.

The Nebraska Enterprise Opportunity Network (NEON) was asked to put forth the name of a candidate for this position. NEON is a policy and training organization for microenterprise organizations in Nebraska.
REAP Program Director Jeff Reynolds was nominated. The NMPF Board approved this nomination at its May 2003 meeting. Jeff Reynolds will serve a two-year term in this capacity.

Contact: Jeff Reynolds, for more information.

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