Small Business News

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.

Training Topics: Metrics Matter, Online Marketing, Business Plan Basics

The REAP Women’s Business Center and Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise recently hosted a Business Plan Basics series in the North Platte area. A great group of entrepreneurs participated (pictured).

We are offering Online Marketing Strategies in communities across Nebraska. This opportunity discusses building your online relationships using websites, email marketing, and social media venues.

REAP Assists in Purchase of Small Town Newspaper

It’s great when a new owner/entrepreneur wants to buy a business in a rural community. Small businesses are foundational to the economy. We’d severely miss the products and services, not to mention the sales tax revenue that commerce bring to our communities. But what resources exist to assist with a business transition? In Nebraska's Gage County, NGage can assist along with other business development service providers.

It was recently announced that Tiffany and Matt Henrichs are purchasing the Wymore Arbor State newspaper. This wasn’t a decision that the Henrich’s family made overnight. It took weeks of planning and careful consideration before they moved ahead. Tiffany contacted Glennis McClure at NGage to ask for assistance.

Women’s Business Center Presenter to Appear on Food Network

Kitty Vacha, owner of Tasteful Indulgence, Cake Art of Seward, will appear on Food Network’s Cake Wars on Monday, June 13, at 8 p.m. CST.

Kitty has worked with our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center since August 2012. She met with REAP staffer Monica Braun and Jonathan Jank of Seward County Economic Development when she was exploring the idea of moving her business to “Main Street” in Seward.

REAP Helps Celebrate 25 Years of Microenterprise Support

Center for Rural Affairs REAP staffers Dena Beck and Nancy Flock attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) in Washington, D.C. in May. AEO is the trade association for microenterprise businesses in the United States.

Session tracks focused on inclusion, innovation, collaboration, and economic disruption and transformation. Entrepreneurs and service providers like REAP are working on most of these themes to drive their businesses and missions forward.

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