Rural Enterprise Reporter
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
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,
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
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
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.