REAP News

Be Smart: Technology Is the Key

On February 25, I conducted a workshop via Skype from Durham, North Carolina, to a crowd at the College Center in South Sioux City. The session was titled "Incorporating Technology in Your Business."

How much do you know about technology? You can test your knowledge through a number of online quizzes. It turns out, the most knowledgeable are teenagers from 14 to 15 years old. They scored up to 113 points, exceeding the average of 100. Even more surprising, a 6 year old knows as much about technology as some people who are 45!

Rural Rockstars: Micro Brewery Owners Receive Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Three young entrepreneurs from McCook, Nebraska, were recognized as the Center for Rural Affairs Entrepreneurs of the Year. Tyler Ray Loop, Tyler Sue Loop, and Adam Siegfried own and operate Loop Brewing Company in McCook.

This thriving business exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is so crucial to the future prosperity of our nation’s rural communities. The brewpub serves specialty craft beer, brick oven pizza, and much more.

Creating Jobs and Self Sufficiency Through Self-Employment

Microenterprise and microfinance have the power to empower people and transform lives. The concept was pioneered in 1976 by Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh and Nobel Peace Prize winner. The bank was established for the purpose of making small loans to the poor − predominantly women – to help them obtain economic self-sufficiency.

Performing Jobs of Amazing Dedication

The Center's small business development program is celebrating 25 years of helping entrepreneurs. Gene and Chris Trauernicht were part the Lancaster Entrepreneur Assistance Resource Network (LEARN), a group that met in Hickman, Nebraska. It's a pleasure (and honor) to serve entreprenuers like them and to share their words. 

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