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Lyons, NE - Utilizing $1 1,000 in funds provided by the Women and Company@ Microenterprise Boost Program, the Center for Rural Affairs-Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women's Business $! Center, announces that six women h microentrepreneurs across rural 7% Nebraska will receive financial $! ;support for their enterprises. ,\21 The REAP recognition of equity award recipients ties nicely with GROW Nebraska's

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businesses and maximizing their equity awards. "This is our fourth year in this project. With the nice boost that these awards provided our member businesses the past three years, we are thrilled to once again be apartnerin this national project and helpNebraska women-owned businesses," said Monica Braun, REAP Women's Business Center Director. REAP clients selected to receive equity awards in 2008 include: Debra Simmons, S&S Sweepcr Store, Beatrice NE Maria Alvarado, Alvarado's Tax Services, Columbus NE Dianne- Marie, ~ i d & \ < ' l l Quilting a n d E m b r o i d e r y , OrdNE Kerri Chamberlin, Longhorn Restaurant, Kin~ballNE Glenna Zwiebel, Z Total Image, Mortill, NE Mort: than 300 women entrepreneurs nationwide have received a total of more than $350,000 in equity awards since the Women & Co.@ Microenterprise Roost Program began in 2005. The Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project was selected by the Small Business Administration to create a rural women's business center, the first such program in Nebraska. More information about REAP is on our website www. cfra.org/reap. #'


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Training seminar in July' Future of Decatur Foundation chairperson Judy Connealy announced this week that the -Foundation is very interested in helping local residents attend a business-training seminar in Lyons in July. REAP, (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project) will be conducting the business training seminar. The tuition will be approximately $80. The Foundation would like to help local bminess people who want to attend the seminar by providing a grant to pay the tuition fee and related exDenses. Grant applications are available at First Nebraska Bank and

are due April 15. Upon request, the application deadline could be 1 extended. (The grants are also available to individuals seeking education or for projects they would like to do in the cominunity.) REAP is committed to strengthening rural con~munities through small, self-employed business develo~ment. For more information about the grant, contact Judy Connealy, or Peggy Haeffner at the bank. For more information about. the seminar, contact The Center. for Rural Affairs at 687-2100 or on the web at www.cfra.orglreap 1 or e-mail: REAPinfo@cfra.org.

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March Events At Resource Center Sandy Patton, director of the Antelope County Resource Center. participated in the Center for Rural Affairs' second annual Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success, which was held February 27 in Columbus. Ms. Patton said she would "highly recommend" the workshop which had over 5 5 0 attendees "Marketplace helps businesses identify areas that need to be focused on in order to continue to grow as a business," she said. "It is designed for rural Nebraskans committed to creating their own opportunities and shaping their own destiny through entrepreneurship." Next year's Marketplace will be held in North Platte. On March 12, the Resource Center received notification that it had been awarded a Nebraska tourism grant. Ms. Patton had submitted the

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grant proposal to the Nebraska Division of ,Travel and Tourism in January. The grant will be used to promote the Neligh Bread 'n Jam Festival by creating a card-style brochure and by advertising. The second of three Target Industry Studies was held at the Tourism Center on March 10. Economist Kenneth Lemke, Ph.D., with Nebraska Public Power District, presented data from the first meeting about suggested targets. The committee determines how well the targets fit the community, focusing on industry ranking and an overview of industry targets. At the final meeting, April 14, the committee will select targets, determine next steps and assign responsibilities. Ms. Patton sat in on the Neligh Chamber of Commerce meeting that was held at the Tourism Center on March 13. The ~ e s o u r c eCenter has welcomed three new members to its board in the past three months. They are Dale Wilkinson of Neligh, Barbara Ross of Brunswick and Dennis Morgan of Elgin. "Each of the three, with their diverse backgrounds, will bring a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to the table," said Ms. Patton. The Resource Center board will hold its next meeting on May 15. Meetings are open to the public and anyone interested in attending may call the Resource Center for an agenda, date, time and location. The board encourages motivated individuals to become involved with the Resource Center. Currently. there are board vacancies representing the Orchard, Clearwater and Tilden areas. Anyone interested in serving may call 887-4447 or stop by the office located at 105 East 2nd Street in Neligh. For updates, events and additional information, visit www.antelope countyresourcecenter.org. ,,,'

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Lyons - Six women-owned businesses in Nebraska k i l l have the chance to boost their enterprises through the REAP Women's Business Center and the Women & Co.@ Microenterprise Boost program. The entrepreneurs will receive cash awards of $1000 or $2000 as well as business skills training from REAP Women's Business Center to help them with the growth and development of their businesses. Boost Award Winners will be recognized at the GROW Nebraska Membership Meeting I Burchell's Whitehill Farmhouse Inn near Minden on I at . Apnl 18,2008. The Women & C o b Microenterprise Boost Program is designed to help low-income and moderate-income women who are owners of microenterprises (businesses with five or fewer employees). The program, now in its fcll.th year, is funded by Citi Foundation and managed by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO), the national leadership organization and voice of microenterprise development. The REAP Women's Business Center is one of 13 organizations selected by AEO to serve as a local partner in the program and is responsible for selecting the six women inNebraska to receive the awards. Monica Braun, REAP Women's Business Center Director, said REAP Business Specialists will select the equity award recipients from among their many clients. "Being able to provide this "boost" to several of our women business owners the last few years has allowed them to increase efficiency and profits. This is an opportunity to make an impact in their businesses without adding debt. We are excited to be able to do this again in 2008!" said Braun. More than 300 women entrepreneurs nationwide have received a total of more than $350,000 in equity awards %since the Women & Co.@ Microenterprise Boost ProGram began in 2005. The majority of recipients report an

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increase in sales, revenue, or customers after receiving the award. "The aim of this Women & Co.@ program is to champion underserved women business owners who can truly benefit from this small infusion of cash and opportunity for business training" says Amy McKenna Luz, AEO president and CEO. "The program empowers low-to moderate-income women, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, who are often left out of other entrepreneur support services." Karen Runkle, owner of Lil' Ladybug Greenhouse and Gardens, received the award in 2007. She was able to purchase equipment that saved a great deal of time preparing vegetables for the CSA (Consumer Supported Agriculture) 1 boxes she filled for customers, as well as ready products i for the Farmer's Ibfarkets. Several other business owners were able to increase their marketing efforts and acquire new customers. Historically, microenterprises have been considered the backbone of the U.S. economy. AEO estimates there are more than 24 million microenterprises in the U.S. representing 18% of all private U.S. employment and 87% of all businesses. In Nebraska, 144,252 microenterprises represent 86.10% of all businesses in operation , in the state. AEO's hundreds of membdr organizations have helped more than two million entrepreneurs support themselves i and their families and contribute to their communities through small business ownership. AEO members provide ' small loans, business training andlor technical assistance to aspiring or current owners of microenterprises, often with a special focus on underserved populations. These populations can include new Americans, Native Americans, ex-offenders,former welfare recipients, women head of households, veterans, people with disabilities, inner-city youth, and those living in rural communities. Learn more iI at www.microenterpriseworks.org

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