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Celebrating Rural Life and Building the Economy Business by Business

At the end of 2014, I traveled to Brookings, South Dakota, to visit friends. As we were eating, a couple seated at our table began to complain about rural living. I don’t remember if I used to be as passionate about rural communities as I am today. Nowadays I can’t keep my mouth shut. I started highlighting all the positive things of living in smaller communities.

Peggy Says Goodbye

Peggy Mahaney retired from the Center on Jan 30, 2015, after 21 years of outstanding service. She has been “the glue” for our small business development program REAP, serving our staff of business specialists across the state and our hundreds of clients. It’s our privilege to share her retirement goodbye with you.

It has been an honor to be part of the Center for Rural Affairs for the last 21 years, and I wish to express my appreciation for the Center’s work in rural America issues.

A Gem of an Idea Gets this Business Rolling

Starting a business can be quite complicated, especially if you haven’t thought about the details involved in structuring the business, looking for startup capital, doing inspections, or looking for a location.

The history behind Luis Onate, owner of The Granola House in Norfolk, Nebraska, is no different. Luis worked as a restaurant manager a few years before he joined the Bakery Team at the local Hy-Vee. His experience was one of the multiple motivations to start his own business.

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