Business Management includes resources and documents to improve existing stores efficiency and operations. This section contains store assessment documents, case studies for expanded service, and resources to cut operational costs.
CECD RGI Challenge Document; Coping with High Costs of Energy. This document is a summary page created by the KSU Center for Engagement and Community Development detailing the challenge and possible solutions related to addressing high energy costs.
For additional support, see energy efficiency assistance grants listed in this tool kit under the Financial circle.
This document, created by the KSU Center for Engagement and Community Development, summarizes research detailing the challenge and possible solutions related to rural labor issues.
Rural Grocery Initiative Challenge Document; Meeting Minimum Buying Requirements. This document is a summary page created by the KSU Center for Engagement and Community Development detailing the challenge and possible solutions related to meeting minimum buying requirements for wholesalers.
This tool is a compilation of web links and resources related to employee recruitment and retention for rural grocery owners.
This website, hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration, has business operations resources for determining human resource issues, insurance, even use of technology. While not specific to rural grocery, this site holds a great deal of resources for the small business owner.
This document helps interpret the Affordable Care Act as it impacts small businesses and rural communities in Kansas. For ongoing information on health reform, visit the Issues in Health Reform site at K-State Research and Extension or visit the KSRE Specialist Blog site.
This rubric is designed to help a store owner self-assess business practices. By completing an honest business assessment, goals can be established to improve operations.
This tool provides a thorough checklist for reviewing store cleanliness, lighting, and aesthetics. This tool allows those that facilitate the daily operations of a store to assess the store’s current state, identify targets, and prioritize action items for improvement. This same Store Audit tool can also be utilized by engaging the support of some “external eyes”. With the support of others working as external reviewers, this tool can be used to bring outside perspectives to the owners attention.
This tool contains online training and orientation resources including video training on the key elements of creating a business plan, operations plans, industry analysis, contingency plans, budgeting, numerous templates and worksheets for planning marketing campaigns, cash flow, sales forecasts, break even analysis, and more! A useful link when getting ready to start a business!
This website hosted by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development Business Development Division, provides resources for business expansion, retention, and manufacturing assistance.
This 2013 Nebraska SBA magazine provides current information and connections for business development in Nebraska.
Created by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, this guide details the regulations for food production and handling for establishments in Nebraska.