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Regards to Rural Event

Rural Development Initiatives, Inc. (RDI) is presenting the fifth annual Regards to Rural Conference. The 2007 conference opens on Thursday evening, October 25 and concludes Saturday afternoon, October 27, 2007 at Skamania Lodge along the Scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon.

Center Is Looking for a REAP Hispanic Business Specialist

The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is looking for a Hispanic Business Specialist. This position will help scale up REAP’s Hispanic Business Center work.

Position Description – This is a bilingual position, and the successful candidate must have the ability to speak fluent Spanish and English. The Hispanic Business Specialist will primarily aid in the development and expansion of small businesses in rural Nebraska and will assist in packaging and making small loans, provide business management education, and technical assistance.

Helping Employees Make Ends Meet in Small Businesses

Good employees are hard to find and harder to keep, especially if they face financial challenges outside of work. The Nebraska Appleseed center sponsors a project, Keeping Afloat, which partners with small businesses to connect employees with child care subsidies, food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Rebecca Gonzales of Nebraska Appleseed says helping workers to access these services helps both the employee and the small business. “By providing additional income and support to employees, these benefits help small businesses reduce absenteeism, retain employees, and create a more stable work environment.”

MarketPlace-Opening Doors to Success 2008

The second annual MarketPlace small business event is coming to the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. Following on the heels of a very successful first year, we are working to make 2008 even better.

CORPORATE FARMING NOTES

North Carolina approves a permanent ban on swine waste lagoons; livestock market reforms largely absent from House farm bill

- In Raleigh, North Carolina, state legislators approved a bill on July 25, 2007, that permanently bans new swine waste lagoons and orders state environmental regulators to create environmental standards for all new waste systems.

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