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Business Owner Capitalizes on Talent and Learning for Greater Success

Vibrant business owners have a diversity of skills. Not only do they need to know their product, they need to know the business of doing business.

Lorena Ramirez owns Mi Mundo in Lexington, Nebraska. She knows that to expand and succeed in business, you must be willing to capitalize on your own talents. But you also need to seek training when necessary.

Lorena opened Mi Mundo in August of 2013. She steadily expanded her offerings and used an entrepreneur’s best tool: creativity! In doing so, Lorena created a unique niche in the market.

Celebrating Dyersville

As many of you may know, the Center recently opened our first Iowa office in downtown Dyersville. I’ve been asked, “Why Dyersville?” a number of times, and I’m always excited to brag about our new home. While logistics played their part, we were thrilled to locate our Iowa office in a small town that represents the type of rural community we advocate to support.

Supreme Court Preserves Health Insurance Marketplaces

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court announced their decision upholding tax subsidies to help low- and middle-income people purchase individual health insurance plans through a federal health insurance marketplace. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the majority opinion in the 6-to-3 decision.
 
The case focused on creation of a federal health insurance exchange that provides access to a health insurance marketplace, and tax subsidies, for qualified individuals in states that did not create their own state exchanges.
 

Unapologetically Rural: Clean Energy

“The biggest issue on climate right now is that there is no awareness. We need to let people know.” Those words from our annual report came from Arlyn Schipper.

Last March Arlyn Schipper, a conventional grain farmer in Grundy Center, Iowa, took part in an event we hosted in a nearby town church hall. Our conversation focused on the threat climate change poses to modern agriculture. Until last year Arlyn didn’t believe in climate change. Six months later he was asking a room of 75 rural citizens to take action.

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