South Sioux City day care providers receive Entrepreneur Award

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Due to their continued efforts to grow and better the business, the owners of Bambino’s Daycare, in South Sioux City, Nebraska, have been chosen to receive the Center for Rural Affairs 2022 Entrepreneur Award.

This award is presented annually to entrepreneurs who have effectively used Center services such as training, one-on-one assistance, or lending, and are successfully operating their business.

The recipients, Reyna Sibrian, her sister Blanca González, and their mother, Joaquina Rojas, exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that is crucial in rural Nebraska. Entrepreneurship builds robust local economies, creates jobs, and increases incomes.

“These three women are amazingly energetic, proactive, and manage their day care themselves with the help of some employees,” said Veronica Spindola, Latino loan specialist with the Center. “They are constantly learning and preparing themselves to face any daily challenges that may come their way. Their passion, drive, and hard work have made them grow into successful business owners. South Sioux City is lucky to have that much woman power.”

With hopes of providing a home-like environment and a bilingual curriculum for children from infants through fifth grade, Reyna, Blanca, and Joaquina opened Bambino’s Daycare in February 2019.

“I’ve always had that desire to open my own day care, more than anything because I have my own kids, and I wanted them to go to a place where I knew they were being taken care of in the same way I would,” Reyna said.

With a small business loan and coaching from the Center for Rural Affairs, the three women were able to purchase the building where they run part of their day care. Veronica helped them with the loan process, and they received funding in late 2018.

In addition, Reyna has attended business and advertising workshops and got one-on-one business counseling through the Center.

“We are so thankful that we were chosen for this award, and feel honored to receive it,” said Reyna. “We strive for excellence every day in our lives and in our business to make sure that our clients know they can trust their children with us. We appreciate the Center acknowledging our hard work.”

Learn more about Bambino’s Daycare in our blog from September 2022.