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Staff spotlight: Jason brings a personal touch to new position

Jason Huntington specializes in small business lending, but his job is more than handling money—it’s helping turn rural hopes and dreams into reality.

A part of the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), Jason’s position of loan portfolio manager is new to the organization.

REAP is a program that focuses on small business development, and consists of four elements including networking, business management training, credit (microloans), and technical assistance.

Report, recommendations are steps in making Nebraska more food secure

More than $4.4 billion is spent annually on food in Nebraska, with only 10 percent expended on products grown and processed in the state, according to a report recently released by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Nebraska Food Council.

“Biting Into Food Access: A View of Nebraska’s Food System” provides background research describing the current food system in the state, taking a look at state-level and national-level data.

Staff spotlight: Knowledge of small business success is Nancy’s niche

Nancy Flock has been helping people in rural areas make their dreams come true for more than a decade.

Through her role as a loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs, she assists entrepreneurs with obtaining financing for their small businesses, but she does more than help people get loans. Nancy also works with them on creating their business plans and financial projections, and guides them through the entire business startup process.

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