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Aligning Capital and Justice

In 2015, the Center for Rural Affairs will reach the $12 million mark in small business loans. Aligning loan capital with our values of widespread ownership, control, and opportunity is a core strategy for our work.

How did we get here?

In 1977, the Center published Where Have All the Bankers Gone?, reporting on changes in the ownership structure of banking. Banks were consolidating. When small-town banks joined a consolidated chain, more of their customers’ cash holdings went to big-city banks in the chain.

Path to Business Ownership Found through Personal Connection

Dr. Megan Gewecke loves learning and embraces change. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from Argosy University in Minnesota. And while some brides might want to take a break after all the planning, Megan hit the ground running. She got married on May 17, 2014, then started her own business on June 16.

She established Stepping Stones Psychological Services, LLC in Kearney, Nebraska, thanks in part to a Small Business Administration-SBA Microloan from the Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project-REAP

Business Planning, Marketing, Technology Top Small Business Training List

Do you feel enhanced learning in the air? Could be the Women’s Business Center’s trainings taking place across the state. You’re sure to find a session to fit your needs, either in-person or online.

Two Business Plan Basics five-week sessions are underway in Hartington and Minden. Participants range from start-up entities to business transition opportunities, retail, service, storefront, and home-based.

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