Small Business News

Groomin Room is a spa for your favorite canine

Sydney, a 200-pound Newfoundland, and Beatrixx, an American Staghound, get the royal treatment. Their owner, Rachel, is a dog groomer.

Rachel Pittner, owner of the Groomin’ Room in Minden, Neb., has always loved dogs. That led her to move to Rapid City, SD, to study dog grooming.

While at school and in the first portion of her career, she kept in touch with friends and classmates from her hometown – Minden.

Slowing Down to Shop Small this Holiday Season

I recently attended the North Platte, NE, Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.

This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities. 

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday is this week, on Nov. 26.

The benefits of buying local and shopping small are truly endless. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home.

One-of-a-kind businesses in our communities are integral parts of the distinctive character of each town. Tourism businesses also benefit.

Slowing down to shop small this season

As a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) loan specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to serve many hardworking entrepreneurs. So I know firsthand the importance of supporting small businesses whenever possible. But sometimes, knowledge alone is not enough for us to act on.

I recently attended the North Platte, Neb., Shop Local Kickoff event, which featured state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping our local brick and mortar retail stores. The event really made me think about how I will be doing my holiday shopping this year.

Salon owner goes teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

During September, Brittany Sage promotes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at her business, Cut it Out Salon in downtown Litchfield, NE population 259.

She has lost loved ones to ovarian cancer, so she adds teal streaks to hair, paints teal nails and talks about ovarian cancer on her Facebook page.

Brittany always knew that she wanted to return to her hometown of Litchfield. And while attending school, she decided she wanted to have her own salon.

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