September 2008  Issue No. 26                    REAP HOME PAGE         A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs

Rural Enterprise Reporter

Now That's Impressive:
REAP Member Activities Wide and Varied

All About U Massage and Day Spa, 542 Main Street, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, offers massages, manicures, spa pedicures, facials, mud wraps, body polishes, ear candling and more. Owned and operated by Angie Neumiller, who retired from the Army after 22 years, the spa also has its own face and skincare line called “Uniq U”.

Russ Furrow purchased a welding repair business in June 2007 and created Russ’s Repair & Salvage and Auto Sales at 303 South I Street in Fairbury. His part-time business has bloomed into an enterprise with five employees. Russ plans to erect a building and hire more people to keep up with the work load.

Technical assistance and loan activities in Western Nebraska resulted in a number of business transitions and startups. Kent Ewing, Oregon Trail Lounge, purchased and remodeled a closed business to provide a unique sports bar with games and a large dance floor. Imre J. Dojscany purchased his father’s machining business in Chadron. Glenna Zwiebel re-opened the Z-Total Image Beauty Salon in Morrill.

Phyllis Hamaker, Quilters Cottage, Kearney, relocated to a new location, 2220 Central Avenue “on the bricks” in September 2007. She has expanded twice since the relocation. Along with ever-expanding retail offerings, Phyllis holds many classes and loves to teach quilting and share the joy she experiences from the art. Check out the class schedule on The Quilter’s Cottage website, www.quilterscottage.net .

The East Central Small Business Network (Butler County) hosted several educational sessions this year. Business Start-up Help was presented by representatives of a local CPA firm. Grants for Small Businesses or NOT was presented by a local grant writer. Ruth Karlsson, Nebraska Department of Revenue, was invited to present a Sales Tax Seminar.

REAP Business Plan Training was held in October in Creighton. Eight business owners attended. The training was co-sponsored by Creighton Community Foundation. A similar class was held in Lexington, with seven participants. It was co-sponsored by Barney’s Insurance, Home Federal Savings & Loan Association of Nebraska, Peque Roofing, Inc., Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Tier One, and Bennett Advertising. The group is interested in forming an association this fall. The Latino Business Association of South Sioux City (LBA) also co-sponsored the Business Plan Training held in South Sioux City in Feb. Twelve participants attended.

E-Commerce classes in Madison, Columbus and South Sioux City drew 47 participants, and 53 attended Computer Classes in Schuyler, South Sioux City and Madison. The trainings were co-sponsored by REAP, UNL Extension Office, NECC, CCC, and the High Schools of Madison and Schuyler. Columbus and Schuyler were sites for Accounting Basics Workshops, with over 19 participants.

An Hispanic Track was featured at the Center for Rural Affairs MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success conference to offer training opportunities for Hispanics in the state of Nebraska. Sixty-seven people attended four different presentations.

Steve Virgil with Creighton Legal Clinic, worked with REAP over the past year to assist clients in Northeast Nebraska with Legal Issues, especially Hispanic roundtable members in South Sioux City.

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