A policy idea hatched at the Center for Rural Affairs and enacted as part of the 2008 farm bill is lifting up small businesses across the nation and helping rural people rebuild our economy and strengthen our communities.
The first-ever South Dakota MarketPlace is coming July 26 & 27 to Huron. MarketPlace is all about reaching communities, small business owners, entrepreneurs, students and others with resources they can use to make a difference in their own lives and communities.
The 2011 Nebraska MarketPlace conference was once again a smashing success. “MarketPlace is tremendous. For the 5th consecutive year, more than 500 people attended Nebraska’s premier entrepreneurship event in Kearney,” said John Crabtree, with the Center for Rural Affairs.
Several years ago Shelly Burke was ready to self-publish her third book. She planned to get a small business loan through REAP, and had almost completed the online application when she learned about a special offer from the self-publishing company.