Schuyler business owners receive Center for Rural Affairs award

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Kim Preston, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project director, kimp@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext. 1008; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager, rheal@cfra.org, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Luis, Jose, and Cristobal Salinas, owners of Burrito House in Schuyler, Nebraska, to receive its 2020 Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award.

The Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have utilized 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.

When COVID-19 started, owners of the Burrito House looked for safety and health recommendations, taking advantage of the Center’s free one-on-one business counseling.

“The Salinas family reached out to us seeking advice on how to protect their employees and customers and to minimize losses,” said Kim Preston, director of the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Project. “They followed a plan and health directive recommendations.”

After closing temporarily in early March 2020, the Burrito House reopened for take-out only. Center staff offered additional technical assistance to help shift the restaurant’s needs throughout the year.

“Burrito House has successfully weathered the pandemic,” Preston said.

No award ceremony will be held this year due to the pandemic.

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