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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The fraud conviction of former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes could do more than just send a once-celebrated ex-billionaire to prison. In theory, it could also deliver a sobering message to a Silicon Valley culture that often gets lost in its own hubris and swagger.

Entrepreneurship is one of the many ways that individuals can build wealth in America. There are nearly 170 thousand minority-owned startups in the U.S., employing over 700 thousand people and generating close to $100 billion in annual revenue. 

Nationally, there are nearly 6 million female entrepreneurs who account for 7.7 percent of the female workforce. While big cities often come with big price tags, they also offer enticing opportunities for entrepreneurs. 

Self-employed individuals enjoy the benefits of being their own boss but must also manage the stress of long hours, payday uncertainty, and an unclear path to success. These are the most entrepreneurial cities in America. 

Small businesses across the United States face dire circumstances following the COVID-19 outbreak. While small businesses are a critical component of the national economy, some parts of the country depend more on small businesses than others.

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Innovation has been happening at the Lied Scotts Bluff Public Library.

For the past few months, people from all over the valley have been visiting the library to see what they can make in the Innovation Studio before it leaves on Feb. 19. During its 20-week hosting period, the Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities project hosted a rotating Makerspace in the library. The wrap-up party will be held at the Lied Scottsbluff Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

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In spite of recent economic upheaval with the sale of Cabela’s, Sidney officials are working to assure the city is ready for new potential growth.

With the $5 billion sale to Bass Pro Shop in November, Cabela’s headquarters left the state, along with most of Cabela’s managerial positions. Another aspect of Sidney’s outreach is contacting companies across the region, letting them know what the city has to offer. Norgard called it “pounding the pavement.”

With Veterans Day just passed, it occurred to me that even though the U.S. government has far exceeded its fundamental responsibilities; limit…

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