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

 

Rural Enterprise Reporter 2014: REAP's Annual Report

REAP Efforts in FY 2014 – Striving for Excellence
Fiscal Year 2014 was another great year for the Center for Rural Affairs REAP program. We worked with expanding numbers of startup and existing entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska, placed and leveraged over 3.5 million in loans, and reached significant numbers of women and Hispanic entrepreneurs.

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What's Your Story on Rural Broadband?

I'm headed to Washington D.C. next week to talk about net neutrality and rural broadband, and I want to bring your stories with me. Many of us in rural areas are stuck with internet service that is either painfully slow or spotty at the best of times.

Reliable, high-speed internet service provides a lot of benefits. It can be used to connect a budding small business to customers, improve education or health care services, allow people to connect with their legislators, apply for federal grants, or even connect with friends and family.

Statistics Show Challenges Micro Businesses Face

Last May, the Center's REAP Hispanic Business Specialist Imelda Catalan joined me at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in New Orleans. AEO is the nation’s leading voice for micro enterprise development, serving the needs of micro entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional sources of business education or capital. Several important items caught our attention. We learned that 8,000 micro businesses get declined by financial institutions daily in the United States.