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Program to benefit entrepreneurs, small businesses By Elisha Greeley Smith

Center for Rural Affairs The new farm bill includes the Rural E11trelxenu11and M~crocnterprise Develop~nent Program, won by Senator Rcn Nelson, to help rural eotreproieurs and small businesses get started and stay in business. This innovative program will receive at least $15 millio~~ over the next four years. The prugram will provide rur;~lentrepreneurs with the skills and technical and firia~lcialassistuncc to start and operate rural small businesses. Entrcprcne~~rship and asset-building arc rural development strategics that have the potential to repopulate rural areas, create genuine opportunity for rural pcoplc, and addrcss~theconti&ins and growing econoniic disparity between rural and urbat~areas or the nation. Initiatives such as the Rural Entrepreneur and Microenterprise

Development Program recog~iizethe importance of entrepreneurship as a rural development strategy arid provide the opportunity for rural people and rural communities to leverage the spirit, cre-i ativity, and opportunities entrepreneurship ere-,i ates. The Center for Rural Affkirs released an analysis last year that found that fully funded, the program would create 2,300 to 4,600 jobs in rural areas and over $8 nill lion in new wealth in its first i year. ' Senator Nelson deserves to be commended for. I his crucial role in creating this program. The Rural Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Develup~nent Program will help provide rural people the opportunities they deserve. View report: http:/;w ww.cfra.orgifiIes/Microenterprise-in-200 7-Farm-Bill.pdf

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Lyons, W, - Businesses and organizations have an opportunity to apply for 1 an exhibitor booth at the 2009 MarketPluce: Opening Doors to Success conference. A marirnuln of 50 booths will ,be accepted. This is the third year for conference. It will be held in North -Platte, Nebraska at the S:lndhills Convention Center, Wednesday, February 25,2009. Exhibiting at MarketPluce is an excellcnt decision to reach a professional audience. This year the networking area :will again feature 50 exhibit booths !filled with successful small business mcn ,md women, service providers, and other conference sponsors. "We've had a tremendous interest from people wanting an exhibit booth at MurketPlace 2009. This is a '

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great opportunity for service providers 2 a:d businesses to network with other ! entrepreneurs and service providers and i pr~,n-tote tlieir products," commented Joy Maishall, MurketPluce Event Plan- _ ner. Joy added, "There has been a wait- . ing list for the first two conferences and $ with iimited space now is the time to C register for a2009 exhibit booth." Bencfils of exhibiting include reaching hundreds of key decision makers, building and developing business relationships, creating a positive and lasting impression on the market, meeting new customers and networking with "Thanks for your willingness to k with the University to coordinate th space and create a "University sencc" at MurketPlace 2008. Hav-. similar booths togethcr greatly inate and effectively ge the booths while at the same , it gave staff freedom to particiin the day's activities. It worked hope to have this opportunity again next year. Thanks." Marilyn Schlake, Associate Director, NebraskaEDGE-Center for Applied Rural Innovation, UNL The conference offers training, netorking, and professional development portunities for startup and existing i all businesses, service providers, I ral communities, and family farmers

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By Elisha Greeley Smith, elishas@cfra.org. Center for Rural Affairs I The new farm bill includes the Rural Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Development Program, won by Senator Ben m el son, to help rural entrepreneurs and small businesses get started and stay in business. This innovative program will receive at least $15 million over the next I four years. The program will provide rural entrepreneurs with the skills and technical and financial assistance to f start and operate rural small busi- i nesses. Entrepreneurship and asset-building are rural development strategies that have the potential to repopulate rural areas, create genuine opportunity for rural people, and address the continuing and growing economic disparity between rural and urban areas of the nation. Initiatives such as the Rural Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Devel- : opment Progranl recognize the importance of entrepreneurship as a rural development strategy and provide the apprtunlty for rural people and rural . communities to leverage the spirit, ; creativity, and opportunities entrepre- r neurship creates. The Center for Rural Affairs released an analysis last year that found that fully funded, the program would create 2,300 to 4,600 jobs in I rural areas and over $8 million in new wealth in its first year. Senator Nelson deserves to be ' commended for his crucial role in creating this program. The Rural Entrepreneur and Microenterprise Develop- ' ment Program will help provide rural people the opportunities they deserve. View report: ; http://www.cfra.org/files/Microenterpri se-in-2007-Fm-Bill.pdf

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-- We don't need to read the results from the new U.S. Census analysis! I to realizc that many rural populations are on the decline. We can simnplyglance down most of our main streets and see closed businesses and dwin- , dlinp, inhabitants. The loss of our rural communities is not inevitable, not the result of some unseen, unstoppable force of nature. We can do better. Much is lost when a town ceases to exist; history, heritage, stewards of our natural resources, and people who produce safe food for our nation ' are lost. If the people that care about rural places are no longer there to take care of the natural resources and food producing land - who will? Perhaps it will be giant corporations and outside investors who are more concerned with profits than the health of the land and the safety of the food produced on it. The vitality of America's rural areas should be a concern for everyone, not just those that reside in rural cornn~unities.All Americans - rural and urban aiike - benefit from vibrant n ~ r a lcommunities and thriving family = farms and ranches. Not all is doom and gloom. Some nual communities refuse to give up when the going gets tough. They work harder, invest in their infrastruc- ! ture, devote time and resources towards youth and entrepreneurs, and develop the assets and amenities the region provides.

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