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Photographer receives picture perfect business tips through training

Running a successful business doesn’t happen overnight; it takes hard work, ambition, and persistence. Occasionally, entrepreneurs also have to step outside their comfort zone and ask for help.

Stacy Ideus is one such entrepreneur. A portrait artist specializing in weddings and family photography, her studio is located in Wahoo, Nebraska. Stacy says she strives to capture people with her camera in natural environments, either on location or in their home.

Customer commitment drives Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year

Connie Kirkpatrick, co-owner of RCK Creations & More, in Alda, Nebraska, is always looking for new ideas that will appeal to current and prospective customers.

Her commitment to customers and her drive to grow the business has led the Center for Rural Affairs to name Connie and her husband, Roger, as the 2017 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center Entrepreneurs of the Year. They were recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Newspaper owner named Latino Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

What started as a passion for writing, and a desire to help others in her community, has led Norma Cell Marquez, of Grand Island, Nebraska, to become a successful, award-winning business owner.

Because of the dedication to her craft and the community she serves, the Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Norma as the 2017 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year. She was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Passion for rural entrepreneurs leads to award for REAP 2017 Friend of the Year

Seven years ago, when Sara Bennett began working for Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), she had no idea that her passion for serving rural entrepreneurs would lead to winning an award.

Because of her dedication, Sara has been chosen as the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2017 Friend of the Year. She was recognized at an award ceremony on March 9 in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

Latino-owned businesses in Nebraska almost doubled in five years, according to report

Husband and wife business partners, Diego Leon and Jenny Lopez, rely on their memories of Colombian fruit and juice stands to recreate the vibrant and unique dishes of their homeland. These thoughts inspire their restaurant, FRUIT, in Grand Island, Nebraska.

The couple immigrated to the U.S. in 2014, and opened their business in January 2016. Diego says starting their venture was an intensive process, but a labor of love.

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