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Wheels down: Family food truck is cooking up success

Fifteen years ago, a fairgrounds manager was looking for someone to do concessions at events. Dennis and Wanda Pace and their daughter, Jodi, agreed.

They didn’t realize the request would eventually turn into a career.

After running fairgrounds concessions for six years, then trying jobs that weren’t seasonal, they saw a need for food trucks in Nebraska.

Mexican food from scratch: Taqueria Max embraced by community

In May 2003, Norma Avalos and her family established Taqueria Max, an authentic, premium Mexican restaurant located in Lexington, Nebraska. They offer homemade quesadillas, gorditas, sopes, and more.

Starting a business in the U.S.

The Avalos family had been in the restaurant business for more than a decade in Mexico, so they were familiar with entrepreneurship and delicious cooking from scratch.

Staff spotlight: Preston appointed as interim Women's Business Center director

For nearly 20 years, Kim Preston has been part of the Center for Rural Affairs team. During that time, she has taken on different roles, and made each one her own.

In 1999, Preston started her career with the Center in the policy and research program. Fourteen years later, she was asked to become the administrative assistant for the small business program, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). In five years, she has gained a broad knowledge of the loan making process, and has worked directly with technical assistance specialists providing services to clients.

Seiferts transition into ownership, extending life of business

Becoming a business owner can be a challenging process, especially if the fate lies on the shoulders of new owners. Family members of Lane and Melanie Seifert opened ABC Blinds & Shades in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, 15 years ago, and during the last two years, the Seiferts have taken over ownership of the custom window covering business and, within that time, made it their own.

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