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Small business needs identified in report

The opinions of 587 business owners, resource providers and lenders will help shape the future of our Rural Enterprise Assistance Program.

Responses are compiled in “Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment,” by Dena Beck, Rural Enterprise Assistance Program senior project leader.

The results will also be used by policymakers, lenders and other business resource providers for focusing, planning and developing strategic partnerships.

Energy efficiency and local renewables offer big savings

The Center for Rural Affairs believes that energy efficiency and renewable energy development can offer significant benefits to our state. Energy efficiency in particular provides Nebraskans with an affordable option to decrease their power consumption and electric bills. An increased focus on energy efficiency would be especially beneficial to low-income Nebraskans in rural areas.

Time to call your legislators

With legislative sessions in full swing, it is vital for rural constituents to contact legislators regarding issues that affect our communities. Here are some simple tips for calling your legislators.

Before contacting your legislator, take five minutes to visit their website and learn about their party affiliation, their background, and their stances on your priority issues. This research will help you craft a message that appeals to shared values.

Online Marketing Sessions held across the state

The Women's Business Center continues to offer Online Marketing Strategies sessions across the state. 

In Hartington (pictured), participants discussed building online relationships using websites, email marketing and social media. 

Think beyond biases to create welcoming communities

We all discriminate.

It does not matter if you are a person of color or not, female or male, young or old, gay or straight. We all discriminate.

I’m not talking about intentional discrimination, like denying housing based on gender or the color of skin. I’m talking about nonconscious discrimination that is caused by the way our brains work; and we are completely unaware.

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