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New Year’s resolution: be more efficient and increase capacity

The New Year’s resolution is a common tradition around the world. In the new year, many of us look to our past experiences and strive to better ourselves.

The Latino Business Center is coming into the new year following a very successful 2016. In the fourth quarter of 2016 alone, we placed 22 loans to Latino business owners totaling $342,100. We trained 214 individuals through workshops and roundtables across the state, and provided counseling to 94 clients on 394 occasions. That’s a lot of holiday season cheer.

Dear Mr. President: keep rural America a priority

Dear Mr. President: 

As organizations representing rural America, we look forward to working with your Administration in the coming years to help ensure that all Americans face a brighter future. We also look forward to having Governor Perdue at the helm of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), working on behalf of rural America. 

As you witnessed first-hand during the campaign, the issues facing rural America are no less significant than those facing urban parts of the country, but can more easily be overlooked because America’s small towns and rural areas make up just 15 percent of the nation’s population. 

REAP ranks ninth nationally

Center for Rural Affairs’ small business development program ranked ninth in the United States for the number of Small Business Administration microloans placed in fiscal year 2016. 

The program, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP, provides lending, training, networking and technical assistance to startup and existing small businesses in Nebraska.

The Small Business Administration Office of Economic Opportunity ranks programs and announces results at the close of its fiscal year. We closed 101 small business microloans for a total of $575,105 in 2016.

You made our holiday giving a success

Now that you’ve had a chance to recover from the holidays, I want to extend a warm thank you to all of our great donors who have helped to make our end-of-year fundraising efforts the most successful we’ve ever had.

Starting in October and including our Giving Tuesday and holiday efforts, you and other grassroots donors contributed nearly $117,000 to help fund our efforts for the upcoming year. Your remarkable generosity will drive our successes in 2017 and help with important issues we expect to face.


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