Becky Wyatt Receives REAP Small Business of the Year 2008 Award
In 2002, Becky Wyatt became employed with the Dove’s Pantry, a health food business in Sidney, Nebraska. Becky had the opportunity to purchase the Dove’s Pantry business in 2006. She contacted REAP, a small business development program that offers business training, technical assistance, loans, and networking across rural Nebraska. REAP assisted her with a business plan, including the business purchase and a relocation. With help from her father, the purchase was accomplished.
Becky has relied on REAP as her business has grown, receiving technical assistance and, eventually, a loan to expand inventory and purchase equipment. In 2007 she was awarded $2,000 from the REAP Women’s Business Center/Women & Company Program. Becky manages her business and is actively involved with the Cheyenne County Ladies Chamber of Commerce, Western Nebraska Community College (Freshman Mentoring Program), and her church.
“The Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) program was truly a blessing in helping me with my business. I hope other entrepreneurs out there with aspirations for opening a business know that with enough determination it can be achieved and the REAP program can help make that business a reality,” continued Wyatt.
“Becky exemplifies our qualifications for the REAP Small Business Award with her management of the business, her involvement with community organization, and her volunteer work,” commented Jerry Terwilliger, REAP Business Specialist for the Nebraska Panhandle region.
“The MarketPlace conference was so informative and fun! I really enjoyed myself and received new ideas to apply to my business. I definitely plan on attending MarketPlace next year in North Platte,” concluded Wyatt.
(Man in first picture on the left is Jerry Terwilliger, Center for Rural Affairs)
(Pictures courtesy of Rhea Landholm from Sheldon, IA)