April  2006      Vol. 15, No. 4  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Provides Equity Awards to Nebraska Business Women

Fourteen women micro entrepreneurs across rural Nebraska will receive a cash equity award from the Center for Rural Affairs – Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center. The equity award winners were announced at the Women in Business Benefit banquet on March 29, 2006 in Lincoln in correlation with Women’s History Month.

The Women in Business Benefit, sponsored by the University of Nebraska Center for Entrepreneurship and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), was to raise money for Job Outfitters, a program of the YWCA that helps low-income Lincoln women get business clothes.

REAP is one of 15 Local Partners with the national Women and Company® Microenterprise Boost Program. The program provided the cash equity funds to REAP. “This is our second year in this project,” said Glennis McClure, REAP Women’s Business Center Director. “With the nice boost these awards provided our member businesses last year, we were thrilled to once again be a partner in this national project and help Nebraska women-owned businesses.” 

REAP clients receiving equity awards in 2006 include: 

  • Marilyn Capps, MC Tax Prep, Falls City, Nebraska

  • Carol Douty, Garden Lane, Milford, Nebraska

  • Darla Grace, Your Country Neighbor, Peru, Nebraska

  • Sandra Gutierrez, Bilingual Consulting Services, South Sioux City, Nebraska

  • Pat Setlik and Connie McFadden, Cottonwood Lane, Loup City, Nebraska

  • Rhonda Dowling, RT Fudge, Burwell, Nebraska

  • Martha Martinez, Esperanzo’s Creations, South Sioux City, Nebraska

  • Carla Mayo, Cedar Creek Steakhouse, Humboldt, Nebraska

  • Harriet McFeely, Country Meadows, Hastings, Nebraska

  • Lisa Johnson, Lisa Johnson Photography, Oakland, Nebraska

  • Angela Rathe, By Design & Upholstery, McCook, Nebraska

  • Katrina Schroder, Kats Kritters, Ainsworth, Nebraska

  • Ronda Sherman, Sherman & Beel Photo LLC, Johnstown, Nebraska

  • Denice Swanson, The Drawer, Holdrege, Nebraska

Recipients were selected through an application process coordinated by REAP. The awards can be used for essential business development activities such as marketing, technology purchases, website development, inventory, or certain other professional services.

Funding for the Women and Company Microenterprise Boost Program is provided by the Citigroup Foundation. Women and Company, a division of Citigroup, provides access to financial education and resources for women, and is working with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity to implement and promote the program.

Contact: WBC director Glennis McClure at reapwbc@diodecom.net .
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