2014 Nebraska Rural Poll, “Earning a Living in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska”

While wage and salary jobs make up about 80 percent of all Nebraska jobs, they are being steadily replaced by self-employment. This is especially true in nonmetropolitan counties. Given this, what types of jobs do rural Nebraskans have? How many rural Nebraskans derive income from self-employment? What motivates rural Nebraskans’ decision to be employed?

This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. The complete report can be found athttp://ruralpoll.unl.edu/report14

Friday 15 Live Chat – December 5 – 11:15 a.m. CT


What a great opportunity to learn about a business model that might work for you!

Originally posted on Power of Business:

Harnessing the cooperative business structure to launch a new enterprise
December 5th, 11:15 CT/10:15 MT

Heidi Demars, marketing director for the BisMan Community Food Coop in North Dakota, will discuss how cooperatives work as a small business structure. We’ll hear how the BisMan Coop idea started, and where it is at today. Of course, lessons learned along the way will be shared.

The BisMan coop is working to provide retail access to healthy and sustainable foods, stocked regularly by local farmers & ranchers, other regional producers, and a national supplier.


Click here to join the Chat – Talk to you soon!

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A fun coding activity!

The 2014 National Christmas Tree will be lighted Dec. 4, in a ceremony outside the White House. The big tree is surrounded by smaller trees — state trees.

This year, those trees will feature animated light patterns created on Google’s Made with Code website. Made with Code is Google’s initiative to encourage more girls to learn coding and to help them see coding and technology as a means to achieve their dreams, but anyone can code a pattern onto a tree by visiting the Made with Code site and clicking on “Code the Holidays.”

Here is to the girls who want to make a difference in the coding world!

Broadband Plan highlights vision for Nebraska

Broadband in Nebraska: Current Landscape and Recommendations lays out a vision for broadband in Nebraska, sets goals and makes recommendations to further broadband development in Nebraska.

“Broadband is important to Nebraska’s businesses and communities,” said Lt. Governor Nelson, who chairs the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. “This plan builds on Nebraska’s successes in stimulating
investment in Nebraska’s telecommunications infrastructure and encouraging the use of broadband in businesses, agriculture, health care, education, libraries, local government, and public safety entities. Additionally, the plan
highlights the need to encourage more youth to pursue careers in information technology.”

Broadband availability in Nebraska has improved over the past three years with 99.5 percent of Nebraskans now having access to service with download speeds of greater than 10 Mbps. Household adoption of broadband has also
increased to 82 percent of Nebraska households subscribing to broadband. Mobile connections are becoming increasingly important to residents and businesses with more than 80 percent of Nebraska businesses currently using
smart phone technology.

The plan sets goals for broadband availability and adoption for 2020, including having broadband service of 25 Mbps down available to 90 percent of Nebraska households and having more than 90 percent of Nebraska households subscribe to broadband. In 2013, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an international broadband expert company, conducted a survey of Nebraska businesses on their use of the Internet. Respondents to the survey indicated that 25% to 45% of revenue from the Internet.  Information on the survey is available at

The plan is available from the Nebraska Information Technology Commission’s website
(http://www.nitc.ne.gov/news/community/broadband_plan.html).  Highlights  of the plan are available on YouTube video

Power of Business – Friday 15 – recorded!

Did you miss the conversation with Hudson Valley Distillery?  You can still listen – it is a great story about passion and using local resources!   These guys are capturing what is happening in their community and turning it into a destination place!

You can listen to the interview at http://powerofbusiness.net/friday-15/hudson-valley-distillery/

Friday 15 – October 3 – Starting a Business together!

Friday 15 - First Friday of every month

Thomas Yozzo and Chris Moyer met in college and became lifelong friends.   The two friends for many years discussed ideas for starting a business together. Finally, they decided upon starting a distillery in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State.   In March of 2014, Hudson Valley Distillery opened its doors and started to sell spirits produced on the farm.   Tom and Chris will share how they started their business and what some of their immediate plans are for the business.

Register for the October Friday 15 to get a reminder of the start time! 

Did you miss September’s Friday 15 Live Chat? Don’t Worry!

If you missed the Power of Business Friday 15 Live Chat on September 5 – you can still watch it!  What a great interview with Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farms in Vermont.  Beth really knows how to attract and keep customers and isn’t afraid to tell her story!  You can watch the interview on http://www.youtube.com/user/PowerofBusiness.  (If you subscribe to the youtube channel – you will get the latest videos uploaded)

Also – if you like the Power of Business Google page – entitled E2E share – https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115678012404784987089 – you will get up to date information from the Extension faculty from around the country!  Sharing information that is important to you as a business owner is what we do and we want to share it in a way that is useful!  So be part of the community who really cares about small rural businesses!

We also have a blog with more information – http://powerofbusiness.net