Professional Resources


Professional Associations

Association of Leadership Educators
ALE is a professional organization for leadership professionals established to strengthen and sustain the expertise of educators.

Community Development Society
CDS is an organization that provides leadership to professionals and citizens working in community development through services that enhance professional development.

International Leadership Association
ILA is the global network for those who practice, study and teach leadership that promotes a deeper understanding of leadership knowledge and practices worldwide.

Joint Council of Extension Professionals
JCEP is a partnership of professional Extension organizations that focuses on strengthening the efforts of the member organizations.

National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
NACDEP is an organization dedicated to improving the visibility, coordination, professional status and resource base of community and economic development Extension programs and professionals.

National Clearinghouse for Leadership Educators
NCLE uses cutting edge resources, information sharing, and symposia, to supports leadership development by serving as a central     source of professional development for leadership educators and works to connect leadership educators.

University Resources

National eXtension 
eXtension is an interactive learning environment delivering the best, most researched knowledge from the smartest land-grant university minds across America. eXtension connects knowledge consumers with knowledge providers - experts who know their subject matter inside out.

University of Missouri Extension - Missouri Alternatives Center 
Indepth information on the types of farms and the people engaged in alternative agricultural ventures in Missouri, MAC works to maintain the agricultural base needed to sustain rural communities. 

University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives  "The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives seeks to increase understanding and encourage critical thinking about  cooperatives by fostering scholarship and mutual learning among academics, the cooperative community, policy makers, and the public."

Iowa State Extension - Beginning Farmer Center 
"Agriculture and farmers face big challenges. We can accept things as they are and say they can't be changed, or we can help shape Iowa's agricultural future."

Iowa State Extension - Ag Decision Maker 
An agricultural economics and business website, with up-to-date reports on farm and crop prices/returns.

Iowa State Extension - Acerage Living 
A monthly newsletter for rural residents highlighting timely topics on coutry living.

University of NE Nebraska Cooperative Development Center
NCDC provides education, training, and technical assistance to cooperatively owned businesses, be it a cooperative, an LLC or other business structure.

University of NE Food Processing Center 
The UNL Food Processing Center is a safe, credible place for you to test and develop your ideas and take action to move them forward.

University of NE Extension Acerage Insights 
Helping acreage owners manage their rural living environment.

University of NE Extension Entrepreneurship  
Nebraska Extension invites anyone who is interested in helping Nebraska become the most entrepreneur-friendly state to share ideas, thoughts, experiences and ask questions about entrepreneurship.

University of NE EDGE 
EDGE offers high choice entreprenuership training for individuals seeking growth options for their small business!

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Service Provider Resources

Center for Rural Affairs 
Through REAP you can create a business plan, research potential markets and marketing ideas, discuss management issues with experienced business specialists, and apply for a small business loan.

Kaufmann Foundation 
The Kauffman Foundation is working to further understand the phenomenon of entrepreneurship, to advance entrepreneurship education and training efforts, to promote entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and to better facilitate the commercialization of new technologies by entrepreneurs and others, which have great promise for improving the economic welfare of our nation.

RUPRI - Center for Rural Entrepreneurship 
The Center-™s mission is to be the national, value-added resource for rural communities and regions, and their states, interested in building more sustainable economic development frameworks around entrepreneurship.

Small Business Administration 
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) dedicates its energy and resources to providing support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation.

SBDC - Office of Small Business Development Centers 
The Office of Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners. SBDCs offer one-stop assistance to individuals and small businesses by providing a wide variety of information and guidance in central and easily accessible branch locations.

Grant Station
GrantStation is an online funding resource for organizations seeking grants throughout the world. Providing access to a comprehensive online database of grantmakers, as well as other valuable tools, GrantStation can help your organization make smarter, better-informed fundraising decisions.

Industry Resources

Inc Magazine delivers advice, tools, and services, to help business owners and CEOs start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully. You'll find information and advice covering virtually every business and management task, including marketing, sales, finding capital, managing people, and much, much more.

Entrepreneur Magazine 
As the leading small business website, serves its visitors' needs by creating the most satisfying experience with relevant content, logical information management and ease of access.

Harvard Business Review 
Harvard Business Publishing stives to improve the practice of management and its impact in a changing world. The company is comprised of three market groups: Higher Education, Corporate Learning, and Harvard Business Review Group. Through these publishing platforms, Harvard Business Publishing is able to influence real-world change by maximizing the reach and impact of its essential offering -” ideas.

With more than 90 million active users globally, eBay is the world's largest online marketplace, where practically anyone can buy and sell practically anything. Founded in 1995, eBay connects a diverse and passionate community of individual buyers and sellers, as well as small businesses.

Big Iron 
Big Iron is an online auction site which offers you the ability to sell and buy machinery  within the midwest. It is simple and easy to use.

As the name meatshop101 implies, the -˜entry-level-™ meat consumer will find a wealth of basic and easy to understand info here. But it doesn-™t stop there.. the accomplished carnivore is certainly also welcome. You will find plenty of useful information and techniques that won-™t insult your meat intelligence!

Farmers Feed Us 
Explore this site and learn more about what farmers do each and every day. You can tour farms, meet the families, and see for yourself how they grow the food that ends up on your family's table. Ltd. is a leading provider of innovative information products and services for the global agriculture and food industries.

AgChat Foundation
The AgChat? Foundation is designed to help those who produce food, fuel, fiber and feed tell agriculture-™s story from their point of view. The Foundation will educate and equip farmers and ranchers with the skill set needed to effectively engage on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Linkedin and other social media services. It will give them knowledge to unlock new tools to effectively tell their story.

Nebraska Travel Tools
Nebraska Travel & Tourism offers travel guides, brochures and information about roads, routes and destinations within Nebraska.

Grant Writing

Tips on Writing a Grant Proposal
Grants are sums of money awarded to finance a particular activity or facility.  Before developing a grant proposal, it is vitally important to understand the goals of the particular Federal agency or private organization, and of the grant program itself

Grant Writing Tips
Writing grant proposals to get money to make your project happen is becoming more and more common. Here are tips and resources for writing your first grant!

Grant Writing Tips
A grant is a simple request for funds that entails a description of a specific need and the proposed program that will fill that need. It is the applicant-™s responsibility and goal to present a strong enough case to convince a possible funder that they are worthy of receiving a grant.

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