November  2006      Vol. 15, No. 10  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Women’s Business Center Awarded Highest Funding

The efforts of former REAP Women’s Business Center Director Glennis McClure, REAP staff, and partners have ensured that the REAP Women’s Business Center is continuing on. The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded REAP the highest tier of funding to continue providing training and counseling to entrepreneurs in rural Nebraska. Funding is based on performance, and each Women’s Business Center is compared to other Centers of similar market size.

REAP staff gathered with other partners and supporters in Beatrice on October 17, 2006, to celebrate the sustainability funding. Samuel Jones, SBA Regional Administrator from Kansas City, attended along with District Director Glenn Davis, Deputy Director Kathleen Piper, and Business Development Specialist Deborah Wilson from the Omaha SBA office.

Chuck Hassebrook, Director of the Center for Rural Affairs, was present and spoke about the Center and REAP’s mission. He introduced Amy Tejral from Senator Ben Nelson’s staff, who offered a few words of support and encouragement.

Martha Martinez, owner of Esperanza’s Creations in South Sioux City, spoke from the perspective of an entrepreneur who has accessed services from the REAP WBC. We look forward to continuing to provide training and technical assistance to women entrepreneurs and others across the state.

Contact: Monica Braun, new REAP WBC Director, at 402.643.2673 or
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