Center for Rural Affairs

Center for Rural Affairs

Established in 1973 in an old store front in a Northeast Nebraska town of 1,000, the Center for Rural Affairs has grown to a national organization with 30,000 supporters across the country. We remain rooted in agriculture and rural communities to this day. Our staff live in rural communities of less than 5,000 or the countryside surrounding them. We have evolved into one of the nation’s leading rural organizations, known for our pioneering work to rebuild rural America and reform federal policy.

We are committed to:

*Advocating for policies that support rural communities reduce poverty, reward stewardship, and strengthen small farms and businesses.

*Creating opportunities to earn a living in rural communities though work with small businesses and family farms and ranches.

*Advancing communities by working to develop leaders, create innovative new approaches and provide resources for individuals working in small towns.

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) provides assistance to Nebraskans that are thinking of starting a small business or already operate a small business in Nebraska. REAP can help citizens create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan. Started in 1990, REAP has provided business development services to numerous micro/small businesses throughout Nebraska. (A micro business is defined as one with 10 or fewer employees.)

To set up small business training in the library, contact Monica Braun, monicab@cfra.org.

Sample Training  for Local Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in the Broken Bow Area:

Business Plan Basics Training

Broken Bow, NE –  The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center in collaboration with Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, Custer Economic Development Corporation and Broken Bow Public Library will host a five-week Business Plan Basics course beginning Monday, September 24, 2012, and continuing through Monday, October 29, 2012. Each session will run from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.. Sessions will be held at the Broken Bow Public Library.  The instructor for the class is Mr. Rick Nelson.

The business planning workshop series will include the following main topics: Marketing, Promotion/Advertising, Financial Management, Customer Relations and Goal Setting. REAP collaborates with the University of Nebraska EDGE Program in utilizing the NxLevel Micro-Entrepreneurs curriculum called “Business Plan Basics.”

 “Planning is a key to success in business, and these five hands-on exploratory sessions are designed for those thinking of starting a business and small business owners. Sessions will cover important information to complete a business plan,” commented Monica Braun, REAP Women’s Business Center Director.

Registration for the course is $79 and includes the course materials and a one-year REAP membership. The deadline to register is Monday, September 17th.  To register, please contact Denise Russell, Broken Bow Chamber Director, 308.872.5691, or by email at deniserussell@brokenbow-ne.com . Or you can contact Monica Braun, REAP WBC Director, at 402.643.2673 or by email at monicab@cfra.org

The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for start-up and existing small businesses.

More information about REAP and its services can be found at www.cfra.org/reap.  REAP receives funding from the Nebraska Business and Innovation Act, Community Development Block Grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources. The REAP WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

This project was supported in part by the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

 
MEDIA ADVISORY
From the Center for Rural Affairs – October 16, 2012Contact: Nancy Flock, nancyf@cfra.org,  REAP Hispanic Business Center Business Specialist, Phone: (308) 534-3508
or  Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103

Note: You will find the information in Spanish at the end of this release

 

E-Commerce & Social Networking: Class Coming to Central Nebraska

Free Class Conducted in Spanish

Lyons, Nebraska – The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Hispanic Business Center, in partnership with the Grand Island Public Library, will offer an E-Commerce and Social Networking workshop this month.  The workshop will take place in the computer lab at the Grand Island Public Library located at 211 North Washington in Grand Island on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.

Center for Rural Affairs (REAP) staff will conduct the class, E-Commerce & Social Networking, in Spanish. Topics covered include what E-Commerce and Social Networking is and how to use the various sites to reach a new market for your business.

“This class will help business owners learn an effective and new way to market their business that is becoming more common as we become more dependent on technology,” commented Nancy Flock, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP Hispanic Business Center Business Specialist. “In uncertain times, it is important for small business owners to explore all avenues of making sales with less overhead.”

For additional information, please contact Flock at 308-534-3508 or by e-mail at nancyf@cfra.org.

This project was supported in part by the Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.

The Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP program provides lending, training, networking, and technical assistance opportunities for startup and existing small businesses.

More information about REAP can be found at www.cfra.org/reap.  The Center for Rural Affairs receives funding for REAP from the Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Community Development Block Grants through the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Small Business Administration, United States Department of Agriculture and other sources.

The REAP WBC (Women’s Business Center) is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested in advance. Contact Nancy Flock, nancyf@cfra.org, (308) 534-3508.

 

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DESPLEGADO DE PRENSA
Del Centro para Asuntos Rurales – octubre 16, 2012

Contacte a: Nancy Flock, Especialista de Negocios del Centro de Negocios Hispanos de REAP, nancyf@cfra.org, Teléfono: (308) 534-3508
 

Comercio Electrónico y Redes Sociales próximamente en el Centro de Nebraska

Estas clases serán conducidas en Español

 

 

Lyons, Nebraska – Un curso de Comercio Electrónico será ofrecido en Octubre por el Centro de Negocios Hispanos a través del Programa de Asistencia a la Microempresa Rural (REAP) del Centro para Asuntos Rurales. Esta clase va ser en Grand Island, Nebraska.

El curso de Comercio Electrónico y Redes Sociales, enseñará a los participantes que es el comercio electrónico, cómo utilizar redes sociales y como usar los sitios para alcanzar un mercado nuevo para negocio. Este entrenamiento se llevará a cabo en la sala de juntas en la biblioteca Publica de Grand Island – 211 North Washington en Lexington. La sesión va ser el Miércoles 24 de Octubre, 2012 desde las 6:30 p.m. hasta las 8:00 p.m.

Este curso será conducido en Español

“Esta clase ayudará a los propietarios de negocios a aprender una manera nueva y efectiva de conducir negocio que es más común cuando estamos más dependientes por la tecnología” comentó Nancy Flock, Especialista de Negocios del Centro de Negocios Hispano de REAP. “En épocas inciertas, es importante que los dueños de la pequeña empresa exploren todas las avenidas de hacer ventas con menos gastos.”

Para mayor información contacte a: Nancy Flock, Especialista de Negocios del Centro de Negocios Hispano al 308-534-3508 o por correo electrónico a nancyf@cfra.org

Este proyecto fue apoyado en parte por el Departamento de Telecomunicaciones Nacionales del Comercio y las Oportunidades de Broadband Tecnología de la Administración de la Información (NTIA) programa (BTOP), financiado por el acto Americano de la Recuperación y de la reinversión (ARRA),  y la fundación de Bill y Melinda Gates, según  Administrado por la Comisión de la Biblioteca de Nebraska.

El Programa REAP del Centro de Asuntos Rurales (Center for Rural Affairs) provee préstamos, capacitación, conexión en red y asistencia técnica para negocios que van iniciando o para los ya exitentes.

Para mayor información acerca del Programa REAP vaya a la página de Internet: www.cfra.org/reap.  El Centro de Asuntos Rurales recibe fondos para el Programa REAP de las siguientes organizaciones: Nebraska Microenterprise Development Act, Community Development Block Grants a través del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico, La Administración de Pequeños Negocios de Los Estados Unidos y el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos, entre otros.

 

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Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

 

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