Rural Enterprise Reporter
New Initiatives Meet
Needs of Rural Entrepreneurs
The REAP program strives to be on the cutting edge in the
microenterprise field. REAP staff are proud of the new
initiatives we offered in the past fiscal year and of those
currently in research and development.
We increased scale with the REAP Hispanic Business Center by
hiring Nancy Flock as a REAP Hispanic Business Specialist and by
promoting Adriana Dungan as director of the Hispanic Business
The REAP Online Lending System is an innovative service
available to micro borrowers. The system was further piloted
during FY 2008, and plans are in the works to rebuild the system
in FY 2009.
We have also developed a new bookkeeping learning tool for
entrepreneurs. Through funds from a WealthSpring Grant, the REAP
Women’s Business Center enlisted Connie Harvey, owner of
Efficiency Counts in Hastings, Nebraska, to help women business
owners to succeed by creating tools to set up their bookkeeping
system correctly. We will be developing a handy Checklist for
staff to use when working with business owners.
REAP collaborates with other organizations and individuals to
implement our work and for microenterprise development in
general. New collaborations and those already in place are
making a huge difference in reaching entrepreneurs in need of
The REAP program has a long history of being customer driven.
Rural entrepreneurs are our customers. We will continue to
listen to our customers and to research, develop and implement
new initiatives that meet their needs. In 2009, we will continue
the challenge of scaling up our services by continued
development of our current model and through implementation of