Rural Enterprise Reporter
Business Center Update:
REAP Continues to Expand Services
to Rural Hispanic People
DUNGAN, REAP HISPANIC BUSINESS CENTER
From July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2008, REAP provided services
to 396 Hispanic entrepreneurs through technical assistance and
trainings, mainly in the Northeast and Southwest/Central 2
Nebraska region. Five Hispanic entrepreneurs obtained a REAP
loan and/or leverage loan and a number of varied trainings were
completed throughout the year.
Phase four of the REAP Hispanic Business Center (HBC)
officially started July 1, 2008. Funding for this work was
provided by the H.G. Buffet Foundation, the Nebraska Enterprise
Fund through the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, the
Small Business Administration Microloan Program, and from the
Community Development Block Grant program through the Nebraska
Department of Economic Development.
The objective of phase four is to continue establishing a
rural Hispanic business development program, the REAP Hispanic
Business Center without walls to create new economic
opportunity, higher incomes, asset growth, and improved skills
for rural Hispanic entrepreneurs. Services are available to
Hispanic entrepreneurs across all of rural Nebraska – wherever
they may reside.
Nonetheless, we will focus efforts on eight communities and
two counties with concentrated Hispanic populations: Crete,
Dakota City, Dawson County, Madison, Nickerson, Schuyler, South
Sioux City, Wakefield, West Point, and Scottsbluff County. Phase
four will impact 200 Hispanic startup and existing entrepreneurs
during the project year. We anticipate new Hispanic groups
forming in the southwest/central 2 region in the near future.
Existing Roundtable groups are in place at Madison, Columbus,
Schuyler and South Sioux City.
This component involved hiring a Hispanic business
specialist, Nancy Flock, in the panhandle/southwest-central area
of Nebraska and promoting Adriana Dungan to the new position as
director of the Hispanic Business Center.
REAP will continue researching, developing and building
strategic partners to provide comprehensive New American
services in all of rural Nebraska.
Contact: REAP HBC Director
Adriana Dungan at 402.494.1013 or by email at