September 2004  Issue No. 22                    REAP HOME PAGE         A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs

Rural Enterprise Reporter

REAP Plans Three New Initiatives

The REAP program strives to be on the cutting edge in the microenterprise field. REAP staff are very proud of the new initiatives offered this year and of the new initiatives that are in research and development mode.

This past year REAP unveiled a new REAP online Member Directory and began the pilot work of the REAP Hispanic-Rural Business Center.

The new online REAP Member Directory is a great benefit for REAP members. The directory serves as a networking tool for REAP members and as a marketing tool. Better yet, it's free to REAP members.

The REAP Member Directory is linked to national websites for larger exposure. To be included, REAP members can download the one-page Permission form (Word document) or they can call any REAP staff to receive a hard copy.

The pilot work of the REAP Hispanic-Rural Business Center continues to progress. REAP was approved for a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to further work with rural Hispanic entrepreneurs. Work is initially being done in the Nebraska communities of South Sioux City, Schuyler, and Scottsbluff and ultimately will provide key business development services to rural Nebraska Hispanic entrepreneurs on a Nebraska statewide rural basis.

REAP has some exciting new initiatives planned for FY 2005! These include further development of the REAP Hispanic-Rural Business Center work, piloting a new networking model (REAP Rural Business Roundtables), and developing and implementing a new web-based lending product.

The REAP program has a long history of being customer driven. Rural entrepreneurs are our customers. REAP will continue to listen to our customers and research, develop, and implement new initiatives that meet their needs. We strive for excellence.

Contact: Jeff Reynolds, REAP Program Director, at 402.656.30916 or jeffr@alltel.net for more information.

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