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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.

Community engagement is key in clean energy development

When a room fills with 30 people, many driving more than an hour to be there on a beautiful fall evening in the midst of football playoffs, one can assume there is an important matter at hand. This was the case during a recent community energy conversation hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs in Valentine, Neb. On the table was the opportunity for open and candid conversation surrounding the energy future of the county and the state.

More than 2 million Americans are unable to access health insurance

Meet Blair Nelson. She recently went to the doctor for a physical and was forced to pay out of pocket, which took away money she had already allocated for other household bills.

Blair is a student, works part-time, and is one of more than 2.6 million American adults who are unable to access health insurance because she falls into the coverage gap. She makes too much income to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to be eligible for the tax credits that make private health insurance affordable.

Slowing down to shop small this season

As a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) loan specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to serve many hardworking entrepreneurs. So I know firsthand the importance of supporting small businesses whenever possible. But sometimes, knowledge alone is not enough for us to act on.

I recently attended the North Platte, Neb., Shop Local Kickoff event, which featured state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping our local brick and mortar retail stores. The event really made me think about how I will be doing my holiday shopping this year.

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