Business Assistance News

Building Small Business IS a Global Affair

You know you are passionate about work when someone invites you to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin, Colombia, while on vacation, and you still think about attending.
That is exactly what happened while I was visiting relatives on my trip to South America in March. The event that grouped 15 nations and several international organizations facilitated discussion on four key pillars: creating jobs, building international collaboration, facilitating trade, and promoting gender equity.

Janelle Moran Recognized for 10 Years of Service to Rural Nebraska

Janelle Moran recently reached the 10-year mark in working for the Center for Rural Affairs as the Southeast Nebraska REAP Loan Specialist in the REAP program. Janelle has done an outstanding job in implementing REAP services in southeast Nebraska over the past 10 years.

Highlights of Janelle's work include lending close to $2 million in REAP loans and leveraging over $3 million in loans from other sources.  Janelle's work with startup and existing small businesses in southeast Nebraska has resulted in over 500 jobs being created and/or retained.

Entrepreneurial Spirit Alive and Well in Custer County

By Dena Beck, REAP Senior Project Leader

As I move into more administrative duties with the Center for Rural Affairs' REAP program, I've been reminiscing about my visits to small towns of Central & SW Nebraska to help rural small businesses.

Looking back on my nine years serving small businesses in Custer County at the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce, the experience was different from what I experienced in McCook


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