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Longneckers recognized as Entrepreneurs of the Year

Service is the number one priority at Odiss Enterprises, LLC, owned by Mary Jo and Don Longnecker in Indianola, Neb.

That mantra is one of the reasons the Center for Rural Affairs chose Mary Jo and Don as the 2016 Entrepreneurs of the Year. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 10 in York, Neb. The couple was unable to attend, so they received the award last month at the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference in McCook.

Free webinars open to small business owners

We salute rural entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week, April 30 to May 6, 2017.

This annual event has been held since 1963 and recognizes the hard work, dedication, and contributions of our nation’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. The U.S. Small Business Administration and other organizations use this event as a way to showcase just how much these entrepreneurs and business owners have impacted all 50 U.S. states.

Center for Rural Affairs March and April newsletter

This edition of our newsletter focuses on RESPONSIBILITY placed upon each of us to contribute to our community and society. Our responsibility lies in welcoming new Americans as they find success in their new home.

Our responsibilities continue with assisting beginning, veteran and socially-disadvantaged farmers gain access to land and information; encouraging renewable energy; urging developers to extend broadband internet into rural areas; and taking care of our water, acting as good stewards for future generations.

We also have a responsibility to vote, electing local, state and national officials; and we have a responsibility to keep those officials accountable to their constituents by letting them know about policies that we care about.

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We talk Farm Bill, crop insurance and more on Totally Rural Podcast

Totally Rural is a brand new podcast dedicated to increasing awareness and expanding the discussion of rural issues. The Center for Rural Affairs had the honor of appearing on its second podcast, talking about our organization, the 2018 Farm Bill, beginning farmers and more.

Brian Depew, executive director, and Anna Johnson, policy program associate, chatted with host Daisy Dyer Duerr, a former secondary school principal.

Small businesses are the backbone of rural communities

Small scale entrepreneurship is a proven strategy to revitalize rural communities. Owning one’s own business can create genuine opportunity across rural America with the support of a modest public investment.

The importance of entrepreneurship is particularly profound in the most rural areas. Our analysis of economic conditions in the farm and ranch counties of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas found that nearly 60 percent of job growth in the 1990s came from people creating their own job by starting a small non farm business.

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