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 trains, technical assistance, and small loans for entrepreneurs in Nebraska.  

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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Development Districts Essential in Growing Small Business

The Center's Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) has been fortunate to have a strong partnership with Nebraska’s Economic Development Districts. It’s been a boost to both of us. Even better, it's led to startup and expansion of rural businesses through collaborative lending, training, and technical assistance.

In 1994, when REAP first expanded to southeast Nebraska, the key organizations helping out were Five Rivers RC&D and the Southeast Nebraska Development District.

Deb and Dale Simmons Have Things Covered

Dale and Deb Simmons’ entrepreneurial adventure began in 1999 when they purchased Heaven’s Best Carpet Cleaning in 1999. Then in 2006, a long-time Beatrice business, the Mr. Sweeper Store, was closing its doors.

The Simmons saw an opportunity to expand their already successful carpet cleaning business, and they jumped on it. Deb and Dale purchased the business and also bought some of the store’s equipment and inventory. They set about reopening as the S & S Sweeper Store in a new Beatrice location.

Free Small Business Education for Veterans

Veterans and members of the military community, a new series of free webinars on small business topics may interest you. The Small Business Administration and the Veterans Business Resource Center have combined to present the series. Topics will include items of interest to veteran-owned small businesses as well as general business topics.

The webinars will be generally be held on Wednesdays, from 2-3 pm (CDT). Here the the ones coming up: