Congress Should Preserve Wind Industry Jobs

According to the American Wind Energy Association, at the height of the wind energy sector’s expansion in 2008 and 2009, wind turbine manufacturing employment peaked at more than 85,000 jobs at large turbine assembly plants and smaller manufacturers constructing related components for turbine assembly and operation.

How Can You Tell a Happy Pet? The Tail Waggin Knows

Alison Martin owns The Tail Waggin, a mobile store operated from a decked-out and gaily painted SUV that takes toys, healthy treats, collars, leashes, beds, holistic food and wellness products to personal shopping appointments for pets. The small business offers customers a chance to shop at home and fills a void of quality pet products in the area.

Loved working with pets so much she made a career change
“I knew in my heart all along I was destined to work with pets,” said Alison, who, along with her husband, enjoys six dogs in their household. A native Nebraskan, she gave up a career in broadcasting in Denver to serve as the local Humane Society’s offsite adoptions coordinator.

But after sitting awake at night fretting over the fate of the pooches, Alison moved on to a veterinarian clinic. She eventually learned of a local pet sitter the vet would recommend to customers. “I thought that was a great job,” Alison said, “without the heartache of working in a vet clinic.”

Easy Ways to De-stress for the Holidays

Whether you find yourself looking forward to the end of the year or dreading it, chances are you’re stressed out! Thankfully, there are some quick and simple things you can do to feel energized and power through to the end of 2012!

Keeping your diet balanced can impact your body’s response to stress. Certain foods have a stress-reducing effect. When you’re under stress, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode, releasing a chemical called cortisol. Simply sipping black tea and eating foods high in vitamin C can decrease cortisol levels in your body.

Serotonin is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates to increase serotonin levels. Good sources include oatmeal, whole grain breakfast cereals, breads, and pastas. Complex carbohydrates gradually release serotonin, another benefit.

Resources for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in Nebraska

In spite of laws that dramatically increased physical access and educational opportunities for people with disabilities, big challenges remain. Unemployment and underemployment is much higher for this group. During the recent recession, Americans with disabilities dropped out of the labor force at five times the rate of workers without disabilities.

It’s been 22 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed. With ADA came accessible buildings, transportation, and telecommunication systems that have increased opportunities for people with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) passed even earlier, 36 years ago – ensuring access to a quality education for all our children with disabilities.

People with disabilities are much more likely to be self employed than their non-disabled counterparts. Innovative and creative people with disabilities have used self employment, especially home-based business ownership, when traditional employment was unavailable to them. Some are REAP clients, and REAP staff frequently refer them to me for help. I want to share my sources with you.

REAP Staff Conferencing to Learn How to Serve You Better

Opportunity Finance Network Conference
Several REAP staff and a Center for Rural Affairs board member attended the Opportunity Finance Network Conference at San Antonio, Texas, from Oct. 15-18, 2012. The network is the main trade association for the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) industry.


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