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RCK Creations & More Finds Business Success off the Beaten Path

Take on two new life adventures at the same time? Sure, why not! Connie and Roger Kirkpatrick were married on Friday July 3, 2009. On Monday, July 6, they signed the papers for a REAP loan to purchase equipment for their new business, RCK Creations & More.
 
Connie and Roger’s business began as a home-based operation in Alda, Nebraska. After purchasing the etching equipment and supplies, Roger spent 6 months becoming proficient with the new tools. RCK Creations & More was up and running!

Scenic Byways Showcase Vibrant Rural Tourism Offerings

This article was contributed by Muriel Clark, a leader with Nebraska's Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.

Recently I attended the first-ever Byway Leadership Training hosted by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, accompanied by Sarah Focke, another leader with the Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. While there, we collaborated with other Lincoln Highway Byway leaders from Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio as well as other leaders from Byways in New York, Louisiana, Utah and Ohio.

Women's Business Centers Form a National Network to Serve Women

The programs of Women’s Business Centers (WBC) are built around the goals of women entrepreneurs. WBCs help women succeed in business by providing business training, mentoring, and access to capital to nearly 200,000 entrepreneurs annually. The need and potential impact can’t be over stated. Women are projected to create over half of the 9.72 million small business jobs expected by 2018, according to Forbes.

Development Districts Essential in Growing Small Business

The Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) has been fortunate to have a strong partnership with Nebraska’s Economic Development Districts. It’s been a boost to both of us. Even better, it's led to startup and expansion of rural businesses through collaborative lending, training, and technical assistance.

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