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Use of Food Stamps Rises in Burt County

The use of food stamps in Burt County (home to the Center's main Nebraska office) increased during the recession, assisting families in stretching their food dollars, contributing to local spending, and helping spark a national debate about the future of the federal nutrition program.

The proportion of Burt County residents receiving food stamps hit 10% in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Services. That’s an increase of 4 percentage points since 2007, the year the recession started.

Explore the Fantastic on Nebraska’s Scenic Byways

You’ve probably seen a Nebraska Byway sign if you’ve traveled around the state. Think of it as a shout-out to you, bragging about the highway’s great features!

A byway designation means you’re among scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, or other natural features that are unique, irreplaceable, or distinctly characteristic of an area. That’s a lot of appeal, and a great way to show off some history!

Floral Business Blooms Thanks to SBA Microloan

Chelsea Hershey expanded her business, DownHome Emporium, with a microloan from the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Project.

With her Army husband deployed overseas, Chelsea Hershey returned to her hometown while finishing up a business degree and holding a dream to go into business for herself. She found a place for sale and during a long-distance call to her husband exclaimed: “I could be a business owner tomorrow!”

A Few Business Tips and Reminders to Start the New Year Right

Start a Tax Folder - Depending on your particular circumstances you could be receiving lots of Tax Information Returns such as W-2s, 1099s for Miscellaneous Income, Dividend Income and Interest Income, 1098s for Mortgage Interest and Tuition Statements. Collect all of these important documents in a file or large envelope so that everything is in one place when it comes time to prepare your taxes.