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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Path to Business Ownership Found through Personal Connection

Dr. Megan Gewecke loves learning and embraces change. She earned her Doctorate of Psychology from Argosy University in Minnesota. And while some brides might want to take a break after all the planning, Megan hit the ground running. She got married on May 17, 2014, then started her own business on June 16.

She established Stepping Stones Psychological Services, LLC in Kearney, Nebraska, thanks in part to a Small Business Administration-SBA Microloan from the Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project-REAP

Business Planning, Marketing, Technology Top Small Business Training List

Do you feel enhanced learning in the air? Could be the Women’s Business Center’s trainings taking place across the state. You’re sure to find a session to fit your needs, either in-person or online.

Two Business Plan Basics five-week sessions are underway in Hartington and Minden. Participants range from start-up entities to business transition opportunities, retail, service, storefront, and home-based.