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Recent posts by Dena Beck

Addressing your small business concerns: lack of employees

We heard concerns from small business owners and providers across Nebraska in our latest biennial Small Business Needs Assessment survey. We sat down with Randy Kissinger, Nebraska Department of Labor Regional Manager, to address one of them: Nebraska businesses are inhibited from growing because of the lack of employees.

Marketing assistance, startup capital identified as top small business needs

Nebraska businesses and those who serve them have once again provided vital information about their operations. The results are included in “Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment,” a report by Dena Beck, senior project leader and loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project, or REAP. 

10 things I have learned in my 10 years with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project

1. Small business is BIG business in rural areas (90 percent of the businesses have 10 and fewer full-time employees).

2. Staff within REAP and its partner Rural Investment Corporation, a certified Community Development Financial Institution, are not afraid to take a good, hard look at what they are doing and evaluate if it is indeed what our market needs.

Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment

The data of the fifth biennial assessment of rural small business trends, needs and concerns in Nebraska has been gathered and analyzed. The results are included in "Their needs and thoughts: Results of the fifth biennial Small Business Needs Assessment," a report by Dena Beck, senior project leader and loan specialist, Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP).

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