Contractor Moves from Apprentice to Business Owner

Tyler and Lorana Eggert and their two children (ages 1 and 2) recently returned to North Central Nebraska after living in Lincoln for several years. Tyler grew up in Valentine and Lorana grew up in Ainsworth, so both are well aware of what the area has to offer.

The couple dated while in high school, and upon graduation went their own ways. After awhile they started dating again, which led to marriage and starting a family.

Beginning as an apprentice, Tyler started working for an electrical contractor in Lincoln over seven years ago. Applying himself and always thinking about starting his own electrical contracting business back home, Tyler advanced to the journeyman level and recently obtained his electrical contractors license.

During their time in Lincoln, Lorana was employed in the banking industry. She was able to get employment with a bank in Mission, South Dakota, which greatly enhanced the possibility to relocate to Valentine. Lorana’s position provides a steady income and health insurance for the family during the business start-up phase.

As with most start-up businesses, finding the necessary capital is crucial to getting the business up and running. Tyler and Lorana were referred to the Valentine Economic Development Office and to the Center’s REAP program for assistance in preparing a business plan, financial projections, and loans to assist in starting the business.

R & R Electric, their new electrical contracting business based in Valentine, is now performing electrical work in North Central Nebraska, and Lorana is enjoying her position in Mission. Their family and friends are glad to see them back in the area, and Tyler and Lorana are looking forward to raising their children in rural Nebraska.

R & R Electric, HC 15 Box 94, Valentine, NE

Tyler and Lorana Eggert
Tyler and Lorana Eggert's business benefited from the resources and know-how of the Center for Rural Affairs REAP program, working statewide in rural Nebraska. Find out more about REAP here. Find a list of similiar programs in other states here.