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

 

Training Topics: Metrics Matter, Online Marketing, Business Plan Basics

The REAP Women’s Business Center and Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise recently hosted a Business Plan Basics series in the North Platte area. A great group of entrepreneurs participated (pictured).

We are offering Online Marketing Strategies in communities across Nebraska. This opportunity discusses building your online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media venues.

REAP Assists in Purchase of Small Town Newspaper

It’s great when a new owner/entrepreneur wants to buy a business in a rural community. Small businesses are foundational to the economy. We’d severely miss the products and services, not to mention the sales tax revenue that commerce bring to our communities. But what resources exist to assist with a business transition? In Nebraska's Gage County, NGage can assist along with other business development service providers.

It was recently announced that Tiffany and Matt Henrichs are purchasing the Wymore Arbor State newspaper. This wasn’t a decision that the Henrich’s family made overnight. It took weeks of planning and careful consideration before they moved ahead. Tiffany contacted Glennis McClure at NGage to ask for assistance.

Women’s Business Center Presenter to Appear on Food Network

Kitty Vacha, owner of Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward, will appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars on Monday, June 13, at 8 p.m. CST.

Kitty has worked with our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center since August 2012. She met with REAP staffer Monica Braun and Jonathan Jank of Seward County Economic Development when she was exploring the idea of moving her business to “Main Street” in Seward.