Small Business News

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Awards

The latest awards for USDA’s Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program have been announced, adding more organizations with loan capital and technical assistance funds to help rural small business owners. If your organization has received money, we’d like to hear from you!

Demand for REAP Services Escalates

The past year was tough for small business. Lenders, including banks and nonprofits, pulled back on lending. The Center for Rural Affairs is known for “stepping up to the plate” in times of crisis. Our Rural Enterprise Assistance Project is no exception, reaching record numbers of startup and existing rural entrepreneurs last year.

Small Business Development Threatened

Nebraska has been a leader in supporting the development of small businesses, especially in rural communities where entrepreneurship creates the majority of jobs. State support served as a model for others and helped generate similar federal policy in the last farm bill.

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