Small Business News

Addressing your small business concerns: lack of employees

We heard concerns from small business owners and providers across Nebraska in our latest biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey. We sat down with Randy Kissinger, Nebraska Department of Labor Regional Manager, to address one of them: Nebraska businesses are inhibited from growing because of the lack of employees.

Women's Business Center Update: Fourth annual conference incorporates insight, inspiration, and growth

Women business owners gathered in Grand Island on April 12 for a Women Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Women’s Business Center and the Nebraska District Office of the Small Business Administration. 

Women business owners were inspired and encouraged by the speakers, panelists, and the networking opportunity.

The Women’s Business Center continues with training opportunities across Nebraska. 

Longneckers recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year

Service is the number one priority at Odiss Enterprises, LLC, owned by Mary Jo and Don Longnecker in Indianola, Neb.

That mantra is one of the reasons the Center for Rural Affairs chose Mary Jo and Don as the 2016 Entrepreneurs of the Year. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 10 in York, Neb. The couple was unable to attend, so they received the award last month at the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference in McCook.

Free webinars open to small business owners

We salute rural entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week, April 30 to May 6, 2017.

This annual event has been held since 1963 and recognizes the hard work, dedication, and contributions of our nation’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. The U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations use this event as a way to showcase just how much these entrepreneurs and business owners have impacted all 50 U.S. states.

Remembering Jeff Reynolds

It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the news that Jeff Reynolds passed away unexpectedly on April 20, 2017. Jeff directed the Center's small business development program, the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP, as it is widely known in Nebraska. He was a veteran staff member, having worked for the Center since 1994.

We will miss his dedication, his good spirit, his can-do attitude, and his uplifting presence.

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