10 things I have learned in my 10 years with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

1. Small business is BIG business in rural areas (90 percent of the businesses have 10 and fewer full-time employees).

2. Staff within REAP and its partner Rural Investment Corporation, a certified Community Development Financial Institution, are not afraid to take a good, hard look at what they are doing and evaluate if it is indeed what our market needs.

First National Bank invests $500,000 in lending

First National Bank recently provided a $500,000 equity-equivalent investment to the Center for Rural Affairs. The investment will support micro and small business lending activities throughout rural communities in Nebraska via the Center’s lending arm, the Rural Investment Corporation.

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.

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.

A gold medal in your own community

Traveling to conferences seems to be the perfect way to get away, stop working, and get to know new places you haven’t visited yet.

Many clients think I take three or four vacations a year and have a robust budget for shopping, eating out and entertainment. 

The comparison reminds me of a picture I saw on Facebook about the value of a house and how it is seen by the lender, the seller, the buyer, your appraiser and your tax assessor.


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