As a child, Megan Gewecke never missed an opportunity to help others in need. Her desire to assist people eventually led Megan down the mental health career path. She is now a licensed psychologist who offers counseling for substance use and mental health issues, and is the owner of Stepping Stones Psychological Services, LLC, in Kearney, Nebraska.
The start and success of her business was made possible in part by assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). Megan has utilized REAP assistance in preparing her business plan in addition to taking advantage of one-on-one business counseling assistance as well as trainings and workshops.
“REAP helped me in so many ways—they provided encouragement, workshops, and meet and greets,” said Megan. “It was also nice to have someone I could call if I had a question, to receive encouraging emails, and have someone to check in on me.”
Because of her dedication to growing her business, the Center has chosen Megan to receive the 2019 Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award.
The Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have utilized the Center for Rural Affairs’ Women’s Business Center services and are successfully operating and growing their business. The award exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit so crucial to women-owned businesses and the rural Nebraska communities they call home.
“Megan is very deserving of the Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award,” said Kim Preston, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project director. “She has always appreciated the assistance REAP has provided to her and her business.”
Megan has expanded her business by becoming part of a private practice. Both she and her partner employ an office staff person, and are looking at bringing on another licensed psychologist to the location.
“I love what I do, I enjoy the clients I work with, and I really have great colleagues in town,” she said. “The REAP staff have been very open, warm, and helpful. They’ve kept me informed about meet and greets happening, ways to build my business, and the different trainings. I felt very comfortable with them, and appreciate all the advice and help I’ve gotten.”