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.

Small Business Notes

 

Relationships, Technology, Business Basics Help You Get Ahead

What do you get in a room filled with Business Women? Networking and Learning! That’s what filled the YWCA of Grand Island when the Center's REAP Women's Business Center and the SBA District Office hosted the Women Entrepreneurs Conference on March 19, 2014.

Ann Martin, IdeaBank Marketing, shared the 10 Missteps of Marketing and How to Avoid Them. She encouraged us to know our customers, know our competition, and know how we do it better. Relationship marketing is key.

REAP Women's Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

Stacy Chingren identified the need for a contemporary bakery and café in North Platte and returned home from Omaha to fill that void. In 2009, Gracie Mae’s Bakery and Café opened its doors and offered the community a fresh new place to order baked goods, grab a latté and even order lunch!

Gracie Mae’s is a unique bakery and café where everything is prepared fresh daily, and the ambiance is welcoming to people of all ages.

$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!