Small Business News

Business Serves Skate Community

North Platte, Nebraska, is seeing more people on skateboards. Brandon Raby, who has skateboarded for nearly 20 years, knows a skate shop is an important part of skate culture. He launched Caravan Skate Shop in September of 2010.

Demand for REAP Services Escalates

The past year was tough for small business. Lenders, including banks and nonprofits, pulled back on lending. The Center for Rural Affairs is known for “stepping up to the plate” in times of crisis. Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is no exception, reaching record numbers of startup and existing rural entrepreneurs last year.

Small Business Development Threatened

Nebraska has been a leader in supporting the development of small businesses, especially in rural communities where entrepreneurship creates the majority of jobs. State support served as a model for others and helped generate similar federal policy in the last farm bill.

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