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A New Vision for Small Schools

If you live in a small town, you know the school is a centerpiece of the community. The two small schools I know best have been on my mind a lot lately.

The first is Laurens-Marathon, a consolidated school in Iowa. I graduated from there. The second is Lyons-Decatur, the consolidated school here in the Center’s home town. Both are under pressure to merge again, becoming parts of even larger districts.

Farmers and Schools Unite for Better Health

Just east of York, Nebraska, at Prairie Pride Poultry pastures, over 500 chickens are clucking through greening grass, clambering for spring bugs. With over 450 eggs collected a day, chicken farmer Dan Hromas is pleased and expanding his markets. In the fall of 2013, Dan sought out Marcia Erdkamp, food service director at York Public Schools. As both tell the story, a mutually beneficial relationship began.

Relationships, Technology, Business Basics Help You Get Ahead

What do you get in a room filled with Business Women? Networking and Learning! That’s what filled the YWCA of Grand Island when the Center's REAP Women's Business Center and the SBA District Office hosted the Women Entrepreneurs Conference on March 19, 2014.

Ann Martin, IdeaBank Marketing, shared the 10 Missteps of Marketing and How to Avoid Them. She encouraged us to know our customers, know our competition, and know how we do it better. Relationship marketing is key.

REAP Women's Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

Stacy Chingren identified the need for a contemporary bakery and café in North Platte and returned home from Omaha to fill that void. In 2009, Gracie Mae’s Bakery and Café opened its doors and offered the community a fresh new place to order baked goods, grab a latté and even order lunch!

Gracie Mae’s is a unique bakery and café where everything is prepared fresh daily, and the ambiance is welcoming to people of all ages.

Millions of Americans Enroll for Health Insurance

The initial health insurance enrollment period in the Affordable Care Act has come and gone. Early figures are promising. They show 7.5 million Americans have enrolled in private insurance through the federal and state marketplace. This figure met both administration goals and Congressional Budget Office projections for the initial ACA open enrollment period.
 

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