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Success Stories

REAP helps support rural economic development and small business growth by providing loans, training, technical assistance, and networking to rural small and micro businesses. (A micro business has five or fewer employees.) Here are just some of those small business successes.

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Kerri Chamberlin dreamed of owning her own restaurant. The people in Kimball are glad she does!
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Sandra Gutiérrez opened Bilingual Consulting Services to improve communications between the Hispanic community and other organizations.
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Rusty and Bob Ziegler started their lumber milling operation in 2004 after obtaining a REAP loan for their start-up equipment.
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Caring for the birds and small pets at Kats Kritters is this family’s hobby and business in Ainsworth, NE.
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Will Wild at Wild Excavating adds equipment for other work in Chadron, Nebraska.
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Darrell and Mary Johnsen went from dairy farming to owners of Aunt Mary's Cafe and Ice Cream Parlor.
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Pat Coldiron has made progress with her Liberty House Bed & Breakfast plus gift store in Seward, Nebraska.
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Linda Goodman turns hobby into Lynn's Upholstery, a growing business in Naper, Neb. . . . 
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Jan McNichols knows her business' pressure points as owner of The Emerald Spa in O'Neill, Neb.
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Marilyn Capps operates MC Tax Prep as a part-time business from her Falls City home . . . 
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Janet Seivers started her career working with fabric
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Sheryl Taylor comes home to Western Nebraska and creates thriving business ... 
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hupkas.jpg (264846 bytes)Barb and Steve Hupka turn their farm toy hobby into a business
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Photographer Missy Hillmer finds the uniqueness of her subject
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thedrawer.gif (3318 bytes)Denise Swanson offers upscale labels at bargain prices in her Holdrege, NE consignment store . . .
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Abril Garcia's Hispanic newspaper Mundo Latino is serving communities across northeast Nebraska.
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Tracey Baseggio saw a real need for a fitness center in her new town. She got to work on a business plan.
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Ardie Smith's Women's Fitness Center has quickly surpassed her membership goals.
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travel_.gif (8487 bytes)Linda Tynon turned her knowledge of travel into an Internet travel business.
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Keith and Sue Roberts blend a number of enterprises to supplement farm income.
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Tony Gomez built his company from the ground up by seizing a business opportunity.
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Tina Grant takes her business on the road to rodeo events in Nebraska's Panhandle.
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The Gaster Family Turns a Coopering Hobby into a New Business
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Dustin Thomas turns a mobile sideline into a permanent business in Sydney, Nebraska 
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Location is key for PAPA's PEPPERS, allowing expansion into more products.
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Final Touch dream comes true for young couple in Southwest Nebraska.
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Tooties Arts, Frames, and Gifts Grows from Artistic Inspiration . . .
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Dustin Peden purchased a barbershop in Mitchell, Nebraska from a retiring owner. . . .
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Jacki Williams and husband Dustin planned this dream for over 2 years.
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Personalized service and complementary contacts help this cake baker
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It was “Oh Fudge” and became “RT Premium Fudge” in 2002 when Rhonda and Troy Dowling of Burwell purchased the business from a couple of friends with at church.
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Linda Morris gains national attention as an heirloom tomato expert at Cedar Knoll Farm . . . 
 

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), a program of the Center for Rural Affairs, is the largest statewide rural small business development program in the nation. It began in 1990.

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