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Prepare for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Mon, 05/10/2021 - 09:34

On April 22nd, the U.S. Small Business Administration released guidelines for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RFF), a fund that is part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.  The Act appropriated $28.6 billion dollars for restaurant industry focused funds.  Recipients do not need to repay the awarded funds as long as the monies are used for eligible expenses by March 11, 2023.

Steps to Become a Welcoming Community

Thu, 04/08/2021 - 12:59

Declining rural populations have been making the news for decades. There is little doubt that the trend line of the most rural counties across the country has been down (2020, Cromartie).  Nearly 35 percent of the rural counties within the United States have experienced prolonged and significant population loss (Johnson & Lichter, 2019). 

Nebraska Rural Poll Launches Statewide Survey

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 15:40

Last year, the Nebraska Rural Poll celebrated its 25th anniversary. This year will be another special milestone for the survey. Within the next month, the Rural Poll will once again arrive in mailboxes of 7,000 Nebraskans living in rural parts of the state, just as it has each year since 1996. However, this year 7,000 households in the metropolitan parts of Nebraska will also receive the same survey.

Building Talents to Build Better Businesses and Communities

Thu, 03/25/2021 - 14:54

What do great business builders have in common? Are there talents that can be strengthened to help individuals become better builders? Can these talents be used to help local organizations become more successful in building community? The answer is a definite yes!

Gallup Inc.®, a leading research company located in Omaha, conducted a comprehensive research study with more than 4,000 entrepreneurs from across the globe. Their goal was to gain a better understanding of the actions and behaviors that lead to successful business creation and growth.

Payroll Protection Program Increases Eligibility

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 15:16
Cornhusker Economics February 10, 2021
Payroll Protection Program Increases Eligibility

By Marilyn Schlake and Austin Duerfeldt

Working to Improve 4th Street, Grand Island

Mon, 02/15/2021 - 14:51

Extension Educator, Sandra Barrera is helping to promote businesses along the 4th Street corridor in Grand Island.  The Grand Island Independent follows Sandra to learn more about this Nebrask Extension program and the businesses on 4th Street.

$100,000 in grants available for Rural Fellows host communities

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 09:27

by Cara Pesek | IANR Media

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources will offer grants for communities that participate in the 2021 Rural Fellows program.