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SCORE Congratulates REAP on 25 Years of Service

Thanks to guest author Gene D. Knapp, with SCORE, for the kind words about the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program.

SCORE has worked very successfully with REAP in Nebraska to jointly help entrepreneurs succeed. SCORE is a 50+ year old not-for-profit, 501(c)3, resource center of the US Small Business Administration (SBA). Our mission is to help entrepreneurs succeed in starting small businesses and in growing their small businesses.

Three Guaranteed Ways to Increase Your Business

Small businesses continually seek surefire ways to grow. But there is no one answer for where and how to advertise, how much to spend, or how to reach the people who are your most likely prospects. All of these depend on where you are, what you do, your position in the marketplace, and the types of problems you solve for your customers.

While there is no silver bullet that works for everyone, there are three guaranteed ways to increase your business.

Early Childhood Education on the Rural Great Plains

Investments in early education from birth to 5 years old, particularly for disadvantaged children, have numerous economic and social benefits. They reduce economic inequality.

Research by James J. Heckman, professor at the University of Chicago and 2000 Nobel Prize awardee in economics, found investments in early childhood education result in 7 benefits.

Farm to School Month Ideas and Resources

Thanks to Shannon Fowler with the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services for this #F2SMonth post.

When you hear the words “farm to school,” what comes to your mind? Do you think of a farmer taking a bushel of freshly picked vegetables to a school kitchen? Crates of individual milk bags headed to students for their morning breakfast, and packaged on a dairy farm just 48 hours ago? A school garden where the students help plant the seeds, pick the weeds, and harvest the food?

Scenic Byways Showcase Vibrant Rural Tourism Offerings

This article was contributed by Muriel Clark, a leader with Nebraska's Lincoln Highway Historic Byway.

Recently I attended the first-ever Byway Leadership Training hosted by the National Scenic Byway Foundation, accompanied by Sarah Focke, another leader with the Nebraska Lincoln Highway Historic Byway. While there, we collaborated with other Lincoln Highway Byway leaders from Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio as well as other leaders from Byways in New York, Louisiana, Utah and Ohio.

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