Small Business News

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.

Positive Effect of Nebraska Microenterprise Act

On the morning of December 17, 2010, state Senator Tom Hansen joined Traci Bruckner and Nancy Flock, both with the Center for Rural Affairs, to tour two small businesses in North Platte. The tour showed first-hand how state support of entrepreneurial development through the Nebraska Microenterprise Act has helped start or grow businesses.

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