Value Added Producers Grant

Value Added Producers Grant

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

January 19th – Value Added Producers Grant

CALLING ALL AG PRODUCERS!

There is a Value Added Producers Grant available for your business! If you are interested please plan to attend a brief webinar happening January 19 @ 12pm. CST to learn more. 

The grant can pay for:

  • Expansion or start-up costs
  • Preparation for financing
  • Feasibility or business plans
  • Processing, distribution or marketing costs
  • And more!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2021

Here is a past recipient’s video -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQ3p4sbibk8
Feel free to share this with anyone who might qualify!

See you on the 19th @ 12pm!

This training is brought to you in part by REAP. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.   

Game and Parks partners with Grow Nebraska for centennial year swag

Game and Parks partners with Grow Nebraska for centennial year swag

Game and Parks partners with Grow Nebraska for centennial year swag

LINCOLN, Neb. — Outdoors fans now can show their Nebraska parks pride with merchandise celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission parks system.

A variety of items, from camper favorites to collectibles, will be available online through Grow Nebraska. Find a direct link to the shop through YourNebraskaParks100.org/merchandise.

“The partnership with Grow Nebraska is a great one, and one that will help get these commemorative products in outdoor enthusiasts’ hands — no matter where they live,” said Margot Desrocher, parks program manager. “This also is a great way to support our amazing Nebraska park system, a system that belongs to the people of the state.”

Proceeds from the sales will go to the parks’ fund for improvement projects, including improved infrastructure, new amenities and added accessibility.

The initial product launch includes high-quality vinyl stickers featuring the Nebraska State Parks centennial logo; iron-on patches; and a special-edition commemorative coin. Coming soon are T-shirts, fanny packs, coffee mugs, water bottles, flying discs, coasters, hats and 12 other collectible coin designs.

“We are grateful to work with Nebraska Game and Parks on offering gift items that celebrate the 100th anniversary of the state park system,” said Janell Anderson-Ehrke, GROW Nebraska Foundation CEO. “This is a very exciting project.”

Additional merchandise is expected to be added throughout the centennial year.

The centennial celebration, themed “Your Memories, Your Adventures, Your Parks,” honors the park system’s legacy while also looking to its bright future. To learn more, visit YourNebraskaParks100.org.

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

SBA Launches Largest Expansion of Women’s Business Centers in 30 Years

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20 Women’s Business Centers to Open Across America Supporting Women-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced grant funding and the historic launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers (WBC) across America to serve rural, urban and underserved communities alike.  The opening of the 20 new WBCs is the largest single expansion of WBCs across America in its 30-year tenure, and these centers will be pivotal to the success of women-owned businesses as they continue to recover during this time.  The WBCs will be hosted in rural and underserved markets and widen the footprint and partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

“Over the past several months, we have seen Women’s Business Centers provide aid to our nation’s innovative and determined entrepreneurs, allowing countless small business owners to pivot with confidence to stay afloat during the pandemic,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza.  “Expanding the WBC program is part of this Administration’s longstanding commitment to the success of female entrepreneurs and women-owned small businesses.  Adding these new Women’s Business Centers to the already existing network of centers across America will boost timely resources to our nation’s female economic drivers, providing them with local training and counseling.”

SBA’s WBCs are a national network of 136 centers that offer one-on-one counseling, training, networking, workshops, technical assistance, and mentoring to women entrepreneurs on numerous business development topics, including business startup, financial management, marketing, and procurement.

“Opening the doors to the new Women’s Business Centers is crucial to the vitality of women-owned small business owners.  This network expansion will provide female entrepreneurs with the resources they need to start, grow, and expand their businesses,” said Associate Administrator for the Office of Entrepreneurial Development Allen Gutierrez.  “We look forward to the continued success of the WBC program as it contributes to the overall health of our economy and creates jobs in their local communities.”

In addition to opening these 20 new WBCs, SBA will launch Ascent, a free digital e-learning platform geared to help women entrepreneurs grow and expand their businesses.

To learn more about SBA’s programs and services for women entrepreneurs, visit online at www.sba.gov/women, and to find other WBC locations and SBA resources, visit www.sba.gov/local-assistance.

December 17 | GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training | Small Business Taxes

December 17 | GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training | Small Business Taxes

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

Small Business Taxes

Income taxes are a significant impact on the financial success of a small business and planning for that impact is an important part of running a small business. During this training, I will emphasize the benefits of working with a tax professional, the types of documents commonly requested by tax professionals, and the most common types of deductions available to small business owners. During this training you will learn:

  • What does my accountant need to prepare my tax return?
  • What business expenses are deductible? Personal vs Business Expenses
  • Business use of your home and/or car

Susan Tonniges 30 years of experience as a CPA and has worked with a variety of small businesses, from mom and pop stores and home based businesses to manufacturing companies with over 100 employees. Some of her tax specialties include a variety of small businesses including catering, transportation, and daycare, in addition to farmers, service businesses and more. She also has extensive experience in municipal government, having served as the finance officer/treasurer for the City of York for 12 years.

This training is brought to you in part by REAP. The Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) is committed to strengthening rural communities through small, self-employed business development. We offer four essential services: financing (microloans), business training, technical assistance, and networking.   

Show Your Love For Local – December

Show Your Love For Local – December

Show Your Love For Local – December

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Many Nebraska businesses and organizations support or fund GROW Nebraska beyond membership dues, and in this season of giving, we’d like to say thank you!

“We are grateful to all of our donors across the state who show their love for local,” GROW Nebraska Foundation CEO Janell Anderson-Ehrke said.

Thank You To An Anonymous Business For Adding An Employee Gift Box Program!

A long-time supporter of GROW Nebraska went the extra mile to support Nebraska businesses.

“Given the rural nature of our service territory, businesses and entrepreneurs don’t always have access to the resources that they do in metro areas,” said the supporter. “GROW Nebraska fills that need, complementing our team’s efforts to strengthen the state’s rural economy. They are a great resource, and we often refer people to GROW. For our communities to be successful, their businesses must thrive, and the services GROW Nebraska provides helps them do just that.”

To celebrate the holidays safely and virtually, this supporter worked with GROW Nebraska staff to develop a gift box program for their employees.

“A website was developed for a curated selection of items from GROW Nebraska members from within our service territory,” the supporter said. “This was also a way for our company to show support for the small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic. The response of our employees was tremendous. GROW staff was very responsive and helpful in making this possible.”

The supporter said anyone who believes in the importance of small businesses and entrepreneurs is strongly encouraged to support GROW Nebraska.

“They provide valuable services and programs that have a proven benefit to the economy of our communities and state,” they said. “The marketing and technical assistance available through GROW Nebraska benefits businesses of all sizes. The pandemic has shown businesses the importance of an online presence and the ability of GROW to provide that training has been key.”

Thank You Peter Kiewit for Continued Operating Funding!

The Peter Kiewit Foundation is one of GROW’s largest funders. A Peter Kiewit grant supports GROW’s efforts to provide important e-commerce, marketing and business development trainings.

GROW Nebraska is unique in that they develop, promote and grow entrepreneurial activity, with an emphasis on economically depressed areas to create sustainable businesses that produce Nebraska products, ultimately supporting local, regional and statewide economic growth,” said Jen Olds, Peter Kiewit Community Investment Officer, Economic Growth and Opportunity.

Olds said both urban and rural businesses need technical assistance to contribute to economic growth, create jobs and grow the local tax base.

“GROW Nebraska has a long and proven history in providing this kind of technical assistance,”  she said.

Thank You Glenn Valley Foods For Your Membership & Donation!

Gary’s Quicksteaks/Glenn Valley Foods is an active GROW Nebraska member, and the company also donated to GROW as a Supporting Member and Friend.

“We have been a family-owned and operated business with roots in Nebraska since 1981,” said Glenn Valley Foods Vice President of Marketing Jeff Bell. “It is important for us to support our local community of consumers and businesses.”

GROW introduced Gary’s QuickSteak to another GROW Nebraska member, who then helped the company ship and sell its delicious meat products around the country through Buy Nebraska.

GROW provides Nebraska businesses a place to come together to promote the state’s businesses throughout the country and the world, Bell said. And supporting shop local efforts are important to Glenn Valley Foods.

“Always support the local community in which you live and operate,” Bell said. “That is just good business.”

Thank You Consolidated Companies for Giving Back to the Communities You Serve!

Lincoln-based Consolidated Companies offers telephone and cable service, business telephone systems and Internet services in west-central Nebraska.

GROW Nebraska is grateful for Consolidated Companies Bronze-Level Support this past year.

“GROW has had a good effect on many businesses in Consolidated’s communities,” said Brian Thompson, the company’s vice president of external relations. “GROW has helped many businesses adopt ways to digitally reach far more customers and provides the training for local companies to be marketing in all 50 states and beyond.”

Thompson said that by supporting GROW, his company is supporting small rural companies across its service area.

“We think that people who are interested in coming to rural places for a safe, family-friendly lifestyle can be helped by the digital outreach that GROW provides,” Thompson said.

Please consider helping GROW attract 100 news donors before the end of 2020 – by giving today at https://grownebraska.org/givenow/

GROW Nebraska® Foundation is a statewide non-profit training and marketing organization. Serving over 400 Nebraska small businesses, the organization provides marketing opportunities, education, and training to launch and connect Nebraska businesses to the global marketplace. GROW Nebraska’s educational programs receive federal and state funding, along with generous support from foundations and individual donors.