Craig Softley – Hayes Center

When one moves to a rural Nebraska town, it can be difficult to find a job. So, Craig Softley created many jobs for himself when he moved his family to Hayes Center. From farming to economic development work, owning a newspaper and developing software and churches, Softley is working to make an impact in one rural Nebraska town.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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