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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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Salon owner goes teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

During September, Brittany Sage promotes Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month at her business, Cut it Out Salon in downtown Litchfield, NE population 259.

She has lost loved ones to ovarian cancer, so she adds teal streaks to hair, paints teal nails and talks about ovarian cancer on her Facebook page.

Brittany always knew that she wanted to return to her hometown of Litchfield. And while attending school, she decided she wanted to have her own salon.

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