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Recent posts by Nancy Flock

Small business REAPs benefits by helping the environment in a stylish way

“What to wear?” is every woman’s daily dilemma, and a problem Refined Boutique and Reclaimed Brands, in North Platte, Nebraska, is able to solve.

In 2010, Missy Couse and her husband considered starting a business.

She asked him if it made a difference what they sold. His response was, “no.” However, when she mentioned a boutique, she could tell he was skeptical. He let her run with it.

Like most businesses, the boutique started out very small, in a side space of a salon, and expanded slowly.

Slowing Down to Shop Small this Holiday Season

I recently attended the North Platte, NE, Shop Local Kickoff event, featuring state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping local brick and mortar retail stores. The event made me think about my holiday shopping.

This year, I’m challenging myself to make local purchases and encourage everyone else to do the same. I say challenge because I get it – it’s often faster and less expensive to go online. But that route wastes our power to use our purchases to make a difference in our communities. 

Slowing down to shop small this season

As a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) loan specialist, I’ve had the opportunity to serve many hardworking entrepreneurs. So I know firsthand the importance of supporting small businesses whenever possible. But sometimes, knowledge alone is not enough for us to act on.

I recently attended the North Platte, Neb., Shop Local Kickoff event, which featured state and local proclamations highlighting the importance of shopping our local brick and mortar retail stores. The event really made me think about how I will be doing my holiday shopping this year.

Business Owner Capitalizes on Talent and Learning for Greater Success

Vibrant business owners have a diversity of skills. Not only do they need to know their product, they need to know the business of doing business.

Lorena Ramirez owns Mi Mundo in Lexington, Nebraska. She knows that to expand and succeed in business, you must be willing to capitalize on your own talents. But you also need to seek training when necessary.

Lorena opened Mi Mundo in August of 2013. She steadily expanded her offerings and used an entrepreneur’s best tool: creativity! In doing so, Lorena created a unique niche in the market.

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