Small Business News

Nebraska small businesses band together to support farm bill program

We are writing, as small businesses in Nebraska, to ask for your support in funding the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). We share a common interest in protecting and preserving RMAP in the farm bill. We understand the challenges that entrepreneurs and small businesses face, and recognize the impact that programs like RMAP have on the lasting success of those businesses.

Workforce is top concern for South Dakota businesses, according to report

The top need for small businesses in South Dakota is finding quality employees, according to a report recently released by the Center for Rural Affairs and South Dakota State University. Owners also identified employee quantity issues as the leading growth inhibitor.

“The Rushmore State – Carving out a Business Profile: 2017 South Dakota Small Business Needs Assessment Results,” is authored by Dr. Patricia Ahmed, lecturer at South Dakota State University; and Dena R. Beck, former senior project leader and loan specialist of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Customer commitment drives Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year

Connie Kirkpatrick, co-owner of RCK Creations & More, in Alda, Nebraska, is always looking for new ideas that will appeal to current and prospective customers.

Her commitment to customers and her drive to grow the business has led the Center for Rural Affairs to name Connie and her husband, Roger, as the 2017 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.


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