Yearly Archives: 2017

Why do we live in small towns?

Why do we live in small towns?

We all make decisions to stay in small towns, here is a story about my decisions…

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

Mentors, not tormentors, are something we all need

The three people no entrepreneur should ever listen to…

To be Part of Something Big

To be Part of Something Big

Eighteen years ago, rural Nebraska artist Sondra Jonson of Cambridge created the “Rachel Weeping for Her Children” bronze sculpture at the Fatima Shrine in Arapahoe. In this essay, Sondra shares her thoughts about the shrine and sculpture, and what it means to her legacy to have been involved with this project…

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Money, where do we get it? Look local! Your Economic Development Corporation has money to give

Local Economic Development Corporations are a vital resource for rural entrepreneurs, you ignore them at your own, and your business’ peril…

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

Breweries Bring Visitors and Boost Economies in Rural Nebraska

In the past five years, rural breweries have been popping up across Nebraska. These businesses bring tourists by the busloads to rural Nebraska towns to eat delicious food, drink great-tasting fresh beer and experience the beauty of rural Nebraska. These breweries also provide jobs and have been a springboard for rural economic development…

Franklin Locker

Franklin Locker

As hunting season hits full swing in Nebraska, Harold and Rachel Colby of Franklin are ready to serve hunters at the Franklin Locker. The couple relocated to rural Nebraska from Maine five years ago. They love rural Nebraska and have found a niche in the small Nebraska town of Franklin providing butchering and food services…

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

You are on Your Own, But Your are Not Alone

Bob Willis introduces ‘A Rural Entrepreneur’ – a blog about rural entrepreneurship focusing on the special challenges, and advantages, that rural entrepreneurs face. In this new blog series, Bob will strive to help provide you the ideas and resources you need to be successful as a business owner in small town America…

Town Talk

Town Talk

Rural Foodies rediscovered an appointed restaurant in Cambridge with a menu prepared by a chef that sources quality ingredients and cooks them to perfection. The food is served by a professional and friendly staff. Join writer Betty Sayers as she once again enjoys the delicious food at the Town Talk restaurant in Cambridge…

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

PERCH Brings the Evolution of Coworking to Rural Nebraska

When big-city careers made life unbalanced and hectic, Tina Stokes and her young family decided to move back to rural Nebraska. Now, Tina has redefined her career success to fit her small-town values and is making it possible for others to do the same with a coworking space she created called PERCH…

Grayson Tool

Grayson Tool

Continuing successful rural businesses when the owner is ready to retire can be a challenge. Grayson Tool Co. in Minden found the right match in three of its employees, who jointly purchased the successful manufacturing and machine plant and are carrying on and growing the tradition started by the Lux family…

Potter Block Hotel Project in Red Cloud

A version of this blog originally appeared in the Editorial page of the Red Cloud Chief on Sept. 20th, 2017: The Heritage Tourism Advisory Committee (HTAC) in Red Cloud has selected the Potter Block (aka Brenda’s Shoppe) as the ideal site for a new downtown hotel. Recently, our group decided to forge ahead with abatement…

Christopher Tripe

Christopher Tripe

Growing up in Alma, Neb. (pop. 1,153), Christopher Tripe was actively involved in his community. Like many high school kids in a small town, he played sports — football, basketball, golf and baseball. After graduation, he headed to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to major in business management and finance…

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now

Bob and Linda Burchell Ard exemplify the pioneer spirit as owners of a rural Minden restaurant and bed and breakfast, Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn. In this essay, writer Meredith Fuller shares the story of the Burchell family pioneers and how the past and the future have much in common…

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