Nancy Cochran-Jones never thought she’d make a living through cleaning services. Then, an opportunity to take over a tile cleaning business changed everything for Nancy and her husband, David Jones.
With financial and technical assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP), the couple became owners of Moon-Glo Tile and Cleaning Service in Chappell, Nebraska, in June 2015.
And, in an award ceremony late last month, Anthony Gurrola, loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs, presented David and Nancy Jones with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2018 Entrepreneur Award. The ceremony took place at Creek Valley High School in Chappell. They were to be honored during an award ceremony on March 8 in York, but it was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Entrepreneur Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is crucial to the future prosperity of Nebraska’s rural communities.
“Nancy and David have been very good clients, and have managed their loan and business in an outstanding fashion,” Anthony said. “They have expanded their business footprint and continue to look for opportunities to refine and grow their business opportunities.”
The business owners have incorporated new cleaning techniques, equipment, and products and services into their business. They have also increased marketing efforts.
In addition to technical assistance and financing, the couple has taken part in the Center for Rural Affairs’ training opportunities. David has attended a QuickBooks training course and Nancy went to the annual Women’s Entrepreneur Conference.
Learn more about Nancy and David Jones and their business in a blog we published in October 2018.
Feature photo: David and Nancy Jones receive the REAP 2018 Entrepreneur Award from Anthony Gurrola, loan specialist, in Chappell in late May. The couple was to be honored during an award ceremony on March 8 in York, which was cancelled due to inclement weather.