Small Business News

Brooks receives Latino Business Center Entrepreneur Award

More than just a day spa, the mission of Rosa Maria Brooks’ business is to help people create and maintain an optimal lifestyle, supporting, inspiring, and encouraging through therapeutic massage and other tools, safely and easily, with the use of noninvasive technology.

She opened Rosa Maria’s Wellness Spirit Of Healing And Astrology Center, LLC, in Hastings, Nebraska, in 2009. Rosa Maria offers massages, cupping, hot stones, essential oils, and aromatherapy, among other services.

During this pandemic, small businesses need to continue marketing

Lunch special? Thirsty Thursdays? With the COVID-19 pandemic, small businesses, more than ever, need to continue with a marketing strategy and plan. Why? It’s a vital part to maintain steady sales to stay afloat during these uncertain times. With limited capabilities, both the small food service business and bars are two of the most impacted businesses by COVID-19.

From the desk of the executive director: Center helps businesses resist predatory lenders

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we make around 100 loans per year to small rural businesses in our home state of Nebraska. We recently launched a new online lending platform to help our clients resist predatory lenders.

The new platform allows us to prequalify borrowers for larger loans within two business days. Underwriting and final approval follow. We will soon launch an express loan that will allow us to approve certain loans under $10,000 within two days.

Staff spotlight: Jessica dives into new role as Women’s Business Center director

From workshops and one-on-one training to networking events across the state to personal coaching and business assistance, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center goes above and beyond to provide these free services to all Nebraskans.

Recently hired to take on the role of Women’s Business Center director, Jessica Campos jumped at the chance to work with the Center to help entrepreneurs and small business owners begin and expand successful businesses.

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