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Faith and family, plus hard work, equal success for business owners

Nancy Cochran-Jones never thought she’d make a living through cleaning services. Then, an opportunity to take over her congregants’ tile cleaning business changed everything for Nancy and her husband, David Jones.

With financial assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), the couple became owners of Moon-Glo Tile and Cleaning Service in Chappell, Nebraska, in June 2015.

Women-owned small businesses celebrated in October

October is Women’s Small Business Month, making now a perfect time to highlight accomplishments of women entrepreneurs and small business owners across the nation.

About 150 Women’s Business Centers across the nation are designed to assist women in starting and growing small businesses. They provide training, mentoring, counseling, and access to capital for one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy: women business owners.

Are property taxes on the ballot?

Up and down the campaign trail and all across Nebraska, candidates are quick to tell you that property tax is their number one priority. It’s true for incumbents and newcomers alike. Nearly every rural or statewide contender is ensuring voters that property tax is the primary focus.

These candidates show empathy when saying times are tough. They are quick to display confidence when telling us they “know how to fix it.” Some use flashy graphs, glossy charts, and selective statistics to show they are serious.

Rural Nebraska’s stake in Medicaid expansion

Rural Nebraskans are at a distinct disadvantage in their ability to access health care coverage. Combined with the limited availability of health care providers and facilities, this disadvantage grows as consideration is given to the socioeconomics of health care access. Rural populations are older, have fewer financial resources and have more health concerns than the general population.

Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out 

Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available.

More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households in rural areas, but only 2 percent in urban. 19 million of 25 million households without broadband are in rural areas.

Old fashioned data collection guarantees this will continue.

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