Small Business News

REAP Assists in Purchase of Small Town Newspaper

It’s great when a new owner/entrepreneur wants to buy a business in a rural community. Small businesses are foundational to the economy. We’d severely miss the products and services, not to mention the sales tax revenue that commerce bring to our communities. But what resources exist to assist with a business transition? In Nebraska's Gage County, NGage can assist along with other business development service providers.

It was recently announced that Tiffany and Matt Henrichs are purchasing the Wymore Arbor State newspaper. This wasn’t a decision that the Henrich’s family made overnight. It took weeks of planning and careful consideration before they moved ahead. Tiffany contacted Glennis McClure at NGage to ask for assistance.

Women’s Business Center Presenter to Appear on Food Network

Kitty Vacha, owner of Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward, will appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars on Monday, June 13, at 8 p.m. CST.

Kitty has worked with our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center since August 2012. She met with REAP staffer Monica Braun and Jonathan Jank of Seward County Economic Development when she was exploring the idea of moving her business to “Main Street” in Seward.

REAP Helps Celebrate 25 Years of Microenterprise Support

Center for Rural Affairs REAP staffers Dena Beck and Nancy Flock attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) in Washington, D.C. in May. AEO is the trade association for microenterprise businesses in the United States.

Session tracks focused on inclusion, innovation, collaboration, and economic disruption and transformation. Entrepreneurs and service providers like REAP are working on most of these themes to drive their businesses and missions forward.

Survey Results Shape Future

A heartfelt Thank You to the 602 people from Nebraska who completed the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey, which was offered both in English and Spanish. We have begun the fascinating work of putting together the responses. They range from aspiring businesses to those within 10 years of transitioning as well as the folks that serve these businesses...Bankers, Economic Developers, Chambers of Commerce.

Your information will help REAP and other business resource providers better serve Nebraska’s Businesses.

Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips from the SBA

Security is important to all of us, personally and as business owners. With critical information provided by customers, it is essential that proper steps are taken to ensure your records and their information are adequately secure. Here are some tips on Cybersecurity from the Small Business Administration.

1. Protect against viruses, spyware, and other malicious code
Make sure each of your business’s computers are equipped with antivirus software and antispyware and update regularly. Configure all software to install updates automatically.

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