REAP Hispanic Rural Business Center
Crete, Schuyler, and South Sioux City are the communities of focus for phase two
The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, received a one-year Rural Business Enterprise Grant from USDA and recently began phase two work with the REAP Hispanic-Rural Business Center
The purpose of the grant funds is to further establish a rural Hispanic business development program, the REAP Hispanic Rural Business Center without walls (RH-RBC), that will provide key business development services to rural Nebraska Hispanic entrepreneurs on a Nebraska statewide rural basis. REAP anticipates this project will impact 25 Hispanic startup and existing entrepreneurs during the project year.
The RH-RBC provides Hispanic startup and existing businesses with small business management training, networking opportunities, one-on-one technical assistance, and access to small loans. In the absence of the RH-RBC, business development services for rural Hispanic entrepreneurs will continue to be virtually unavailable or extremely underserved in rural Nebraska.
The RH-RBC is specifically focusing on the Nebraska communities
of Schuyler, South Sioux City, and Crete during phase two of this project.
According to the 2000 US Bureau of the Census, the community of Schuyler (located in Colfax County) has a population of 5,371 with a Hispanic population of 2,464, or 45.9 percent of Schuyler’s overall population. The community of Crete (located in Saline County) has a population of 5,989 with a Hispanic population of 828, or 13.7 percent of Crete’s overall population. The community of South Sioux City (located in Dakota County) has a population of 11,925 with a Hispanic population of 2,976, or 25 percent of South Sioux City’s overall population base.
In achieving scale, the RH-RBC will eventually be available in all rural areas in Nebraska. Phase three work would involve potential statewide rural expansion.