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


Small Businesses in Rural Nebraska: Their Needs and Thoughts

Our 4th biennial assessment of rural small business trends, needs, and concerns showed some notable findings. Overall hiring and job creation activity was up. Participation of Latino-owned businesses in the survey increased dramatically.
Latino-owned businesses were more likely to be owned and operated by women. The owners were, on average, considerably younger than the overall sampling group. These trends create unique business needs and exciting development opportunities.

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Statistics Show Challenges Micro Businesses Face

Last May, the Center's REAP Hispanic Business Specialist Imelda Catalan joined me at the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Conference in New Orleans. AEO is the nation’s leading voice for micro enterprise development, serving the needs of micro entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional sources of business education or capital. Several important items caught our attention. We learned that 8,000 micro businesses get declined by financial institutions daily in the United States.