Spring  2008      Vol. 17, No. 2  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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REAP Notes

Welcome New REAP Hispanic Business Specialist

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, is pleased to announce the hiring of Nancy Flock as our new Southwest/Central 2 and Hispanic REAP Business Specialist. Nancy holds an AS in Business Administration from Mid Plains Community College.

Nancy most recently worked as Loan Operations/Cash Management/Cash Services Representative at First National Bank at North Platte, Nebraska. Nancy was also involved with her family-owned Mexican crafts business.

We are excited to have Nancy join us and are also very excited about the future of our Hispanic work in rural Nebraska. Nancy lives in North Platte and will operate from a home-based office. Contact Nancy at 308.534.3508 or npflock@msn.com .

Welcome Nancy to REAP and the Center for Rural Affairs family!

AEO Conference

Anaheim, California, will be the setting for the 2008 Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference on May 20-23, 2008. The majority of REAP staff will be attending this training event.

The AEO Conference, which is now known as the “National Summit on Entrepreneurship” is the best opportunity for us to learn about the newest innovations in microenterprise programming; expand our skills related to existing program offerings; and network with an international attendance of other practitioners, programs, and funders.

The REAP program is widely respected. Many U.S. programs were created in part by examining REAP. This respect is totally in relation to the dynamic entrepreneurs who participate with the REAP program.

It is this participation that makes REAP a great program and the motivation that drives us all. We will do our best to continue providing an innovative program to meet the needs of our clients.

REAP WBC Co-Sponsors Women in Agriculture

Where would you find nearly 300 Nebraska farm and ranch women on a cold day in February? At the Women in Ag Conference, of course! The REAP Women’s Business Center was proud to again support the 23rd Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference held at the Kearney Holiday Inn in Kearney on February 21-22, 2008. The conference is presented by the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Extension, and the Department of Agricultural Economics and supported by many other sponsors.

The conference purpose is to provide opportunities for all Nebraska women to develop management skills in every facet of agriculture by providing leadership, learning support, and networking avenues to empower women. This aligns with the goals of the Women’s Business Center.

This year’s theme was “The Heart of the Farm” and warm hearts roamed throughout the two-day conference. Approximately 40 learning sessions were offered, ranging from accounting and bookkeeping to stress management to “moving and grooving with GPS.” One of the keynote speakers was T. Marni Vos, Lincoln, who educates people in all walks of life to meet their challenges with a light heart and the echo of laughter. She ended the conference for us by lessening our stress with a time of shared laughter!

REAP Business Specialist Dena Beck and REAP WBC Director Monica Braun staffed an exhibit booth during the conference and networked with other exhibitors and attendees. Monica presented “What’s In YOUR Business Plan?” as one of the many sessions offered.

The two-day conference reinforces the value of networking and sharing with others. Check out the website at http://wia.unl.edu. Contact Monica Braun, REAP WBC Director, mbraun@windstream.net or 402.643.2673 for more information.

Contact: Jeff Reynolds, jeffr@alltel.net for more information.
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