Helping Employees Make Ends Meet in Small Businesses

Good employees are hard to find and harder to keep, especially if they face financial challenges outside of work. The Nebraska Appleseed center sponsors a project, Keeping Afloat, which partners with small businesses to connect employees with child care subsidies, food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance, and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Rebecca Gonzales of Nebraska Appleseed says helping workers to access these services helps both the employee and the small business. “By providing additional income and support to employees, these benefits help small businesses reduce absenteeism, retain employees, and create a more stable work environment.”

MarketPlace-Opening Doors to Success 2008

The second annual MarketPlace small business event is coming to the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska, on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. Following on the heels of a very successful first year, we are working to make 2008 even better.


North Carolina approves a permanent ban on swine waste lagoons; livestock market reforms largely absent from House farm bill

- In Raleigh, North Carolina, state legislators approved a bill on July 25, 2007, that permanently bans new swine waste lagoons and orders state environmental regulators to create environmental standards for all new waste systems.

Whole Foods Market to Offer Low-Interest Loans for Producers

Whole Foods Market, the nation’s largest natural foods supermarket chain, has announced the rollout of its Local Producer Loan Program. Whole Foods announced a year ago that it would increase its commitment to purchasing local foods for its stores across the country.

The loan program is part of that public campaign to encourage local farmers to become suppliers. The company plans to provide up to $10 million annually in low- interest loans to small producers in the U.S.

We're Worked Up Now

Just when we thought we had gotten over the House Farm Bill and moved on, something comes up to suck us back in. Last week, the blog Rochester Turning referenced our post on Rep. Louise Slaughter, Chairwoman of the House Rules Committee. That would be the committee that prevented a straight payment limits amendment from receiving a vote on the floor of the House. Anyway, Rochester Turning evidently resides in Slaughter's district. And Slaughter's office contacted Rochester Turning to tell them that the Blog for Rural America got their facts wrong.


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