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Healthy options make for happy customers at La Flor

The owners of La Flor, in Grand Island, Nebraska, strive to offer their customers only the healthiest foods.

From grocery options like snacks, dairy, and fresh produce, to soaps and nonperishable items, the business is a full-service Mexican restaurant and market.

From the desk of the executive director: entrepreneurship lifts families and sustains communities

The Center for Rural Affairs is a small business lender, but we are different than a bank. In the last year, we made loans to support 126 small businesses in rural Nebraska, investing a total of $2.4 million. For us, that is just the start of our work.

We know that capital alone cannot ensure success. Education, training, and mentoring are essential to establishing any new business. That is why our business specialists work with business owners on planning, projections, and helping navigate the details that come along with running a small business.

Lending, technical assistance key for Nebraska's small rural businesses

As any first-time business owner will tell you, getting started isn’t easy. Take Lane and Melanie Seifert of ABC Blinds & Shades in Scottsbluff. As they transitioned into full-time ownership of their custom window coverings business, the couple faced big-time hurdles when it came to obtaining financing and learning the skills of managing and marketing for success.

Proposed food law supports entrepreneurship in Nebraska

I would like to share my support for the changes proposed with Nebraska Legislative Bill 304. The proposed changes would broaden local food based economic development options by allowing people to sell the same types of non-hazardous food items (cookies, cakes, breads, along with jams and jellies) they can sell legally at farmers markets through other direct to consumer means. This may include Facebook-based buy, sell, and trade groups.

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