Small business owner to receive Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award

Small Towns

Jessica Campos, Women’s Business Center director,, 402.870.1521; or Teresa Hoffman, senior communications associate,, 402.687.2100, ext. 1012

LYONS, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Carime Ruvalcaba, of Grand Island, to receive the 2021 Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award.

The Women’s Business Center Entrepreneur Award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have used the Center’sWomen’s Business Center services and are successfully operating and growing their businesses. The award exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit so crucial to women-owned businesses and the rural Nebraska communities they call home.

Ruvalcaba opened Karime Child Care, LLC, in April 2017. Her business is licensed by the state of Nebraska and provides professional child care services for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years.

She enrolled in many of the Center’s multi-session trainings presented by instructors with expertise in each area. Ruvalcaba educated herself on topics like financial management, marketing, loans, QuickBooks, making a business plan, child care, strategic planning in times of COVID-19, and disaster recovery.

“Carime is a great example of perseverance and working toward what your business needs,” said Jessica Campos, Center for Rural Affairs Women’s Business Center director. “In addition to taking several of our classes, she joined a women's child care group to get more mentorship for her business, and has always sought opportunities to grow professionally and personally.”

Ruvalcaba has also stepped up as a mentor to help other providers better their businesses and increase access to materials for Spanish-speaking operators. She is working toward becoming certified as a Safe With You trainer as well.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no award ceremony will be held this year.

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