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Congratulations on Your 25th Anniversary!

This article was written by Ron Volkmer, Director of the Community Economic Development Clinic at Creighton University School of Law. The occasion is our small business development program - REAP's - 25th anniversary.

Since its inception in 2007, the Creighton University School of Law Community Economic Development Clinic (CED Clinic) has been privileged to work with the staff of the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) of the Center for Rural Affairs.

Is Your Business Ready for Changes in Credit Card Processing?

This article was contributed by guest author Pat Kavan, a 16-year veteran of the credit card processing industry and a member of GROW Nebraska.

Change is underway in the credit card industry. NFC (near field communication: ApplePay, Google Wallet, etc.) and smart card implementation is happening now. It’s important to be ready for the future of payments.

A dizzying array of payment processors offer all kinds of pricing and options. Here’s advice on how to choose the correct set up for your business.

GROW Nebraska & REAP the Rewards!

Guest writer Sara Brownwood, GROW Nebraska Marketing Technology Director, contributed this article for our REAP 25th Anniversary celebration.

GROW Nebraska and the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) have partnered for over 15 years to help make Nebraska’s businesses strong. GROW Nebraska’s™ mission is to create sustainable economic development by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses through promotion, market access, and education.

Belgrade Solar Tour Generates Energy and Interest

Solar energy was the main topic of interest on May 16 at Jim Knopik’s farm near Belgrade, Neb. More than 20 visitors watched the electric meter change speed when the sun came from behind the clouds on the partly-cloudy day. Jim noted, “My meter actually runs backwards on days when the sun is fully exposed and my usage is low."

Fewer Shadows on the Land

This excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.

What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.

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