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. Our own Rural Enterprise Assistance Project provides training, technical assistance, and small loans for entrepreneurs in Nebraska.  

Small Business Notes

 

Rural Food Business Toolkit

Rural food businesses are growing. This toolkit from the Center for Rural Affairs provides resources to help rural food businesses succeed. 

The sections of this toolkit address steps throughout the supply chain that get products into consumers’ hands. The resources are primarily intended for value-added food processing business owners, and are also useful for commercial kitchen operators, farmers, distributors and anyone with an interest in great food and local businesses.

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Groomin Room is a spa for your favorite canine

Sydney, a 200-pound Newfoundland, and Beatrixx, an American Staghound, get the royal treatment. Their owner, Rachel, is a dog groomer.

Rachel Pittner, owner of the Groomin’ Room in Minden, Neb., has always loved dogs. That led her to move to Rapid City, SD, to study dog grooming.

While at school and in the first portion of her career, she kept in touch with friends and classmates from her hometown – Minden.

Slowing Down to Shop Small this Holiday Season

I recently attended the North Platte, NE, Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.

This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities. 

Celebrate Small Business Saturday on Nov. 26

Small Business Saturday is this week, on Nov. 26.

The benefits of buying local and shopping small are truly endless. Where we shop, where we eat and have fun – all of it makes our community home.

One-of-a-kind businesses in our communities are integral parts of the distinctive character of each town. Tourism businesses also benefit.