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

 

Apply for value-added producer grants by January 2018, read about success stories

“Creating and marketing value-added products has the potential to significantly enhance our farm's profitability, but this is no easy task. Our value-added funds will help pay for processing, marketing, distribution, and sales of our pasture-raised chickens and eggs, as well as microgreens that we grow,” said Alex McKiernan, co-owner of Robinette Farms near Lincoln, Nebraska. The farm received a working capital grant in 2015.

Latino Business Center: We’re having a good time

We are happy to announce our new loan initiative, the New American Loan Fund Credit Builder Loan Program.

This product will help create credit history and make our clients bankable so they may expand their businesses in the future.

The New American Loan Fund creates a financial path for individuals who are looking to start a business but do not qualify for government loans or loans through traditional lenders.

To date, $800,000 has been loaned to individuals through the New American Loan Fund.