Small Business

The most effective development strategy for rural communities is small entrepreneurship – locally owned and operated small businesses.

Strategies
You have a great idea for a new small business. Congratulations! That's the first step. Here are some other ideas and information to consider on your journey to success.

Small Business Programs
Several programs are available to help businesses to become established and grow.

Small Business Notes

 

REAP Newsletter Fall 2014

Inside this Issue:
Spotlight on Success: A Gem of an Idea Gets this Business Rolling
Rural in the Digital Age
Rural Small Business Hiring on the Rise
Business Training Comes Direct to Your Doorstep
New REAP Administrative Assistant Says Hello!

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Performing Jobs of Amazing Dedication

The Center's small business development program is celebrating 25 years of helping entrepreneurs. Gene and Chris Trauernicht were part the Lancaster Entrepreneur Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a group that met in Hickman, Nebraska. It's a pleasure (and honor) to serve entreprenuers like them and to share their words. 

Brandon Raby Doubles Down as a Small Business Owner to Build His Community

There’s a lot going on in downtown North Platte, Nebraska, at least for one entrepreneur. Brandon Raby, a past winner of the Center’s REAP Entrepreneur of the Year award, has embraced the challenge of starting a small business in a rural community. His business, Caravan Skate Shop, is the first and only skate shop in the community.

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

The concept of microenterprise and microfinance has the power to empower people and transform their lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Prize winner and founder of the Grameen Bank (Bank of the Poor), in Bangladesh. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency.