Small Business

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

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


$10 Million Lending Plateau Reached

REAP, the Center's small business development program, has reached an historical plateau in placement of loans. We closed a loan in northeast Nebraska that put us over 10 million dollars loaned for the history of the program. This is a significant accomplishment for us. But more importantly, it is a testament to rural Nebraska entrepreneurs and their entrepreneurial spirit!

Survey to Assess Needs of Rural Nebraska Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

Every two years, our small business development program, better known as REAP, circulates a statewide small business needs assessment survey. It explores how Nebraska small businesses are faring. 

The small business climate in Nebraska is constantly changing. Keeping up and meeting the needs of startup and existing small businesses is crucial to everyone who provides small business services. The survey results help us and others to enhance programming to best serve the critical needs of today’s entrepreneurs.

Women’s Entrepreneur Conference Is Tailor-made for You!

March is Women’s History Month! One way to celebrate is to attend the Women Entrepreneurs Conference at the YWCA of Grand Island on March 19, 2014. It’s an event created especially for women in business.

At the conference, learn about small business legal issues, 21st century marketing, accounting and taxes, government contracting, and more. A panel of entrepreneurs will include three women business owners located in rural Nebraska.