Barrera honored as Center for Rural Affairs' Latino Business Center Partner of the Year

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Juan Sandoval, Rural Entrepreneurship Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center director,, 402.371.7786; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 4002.687.2100 ext. 1025

Update March 13: For a high resolution photo from the award ceremony, please click here.

Lyons, Neb. - The Center for Rural Affairs has chosen Sandra Barrera, of Grand Island, Neb., as its 2016 Latino Business Center Partner of the Year. Center staff will recognize Barrera at an award ceremony on March 10 in York, Neb.

The Latino Business Center Partner of the Year Award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support for the Rural Entrepreneurship Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center and exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Barrera is an University of Nebraska at Lincoln Extension educator of community vitality in Hall County, and is an entrepreneur herself.

“Sandra is a great partner in sponsoring and promoting training opportunities to the community,” said Juan Sandoval, Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP Latino Business Center director. “She understands the importance of access to resources.”

She helped start Coffee Tables, a monthly training for entrepreneurs in Grand Island, and refers clients to REAP so they can explore their financing options.

“Not only does Sandra encourage Latino entrepreneurs to utilize resources to help them be successful, but she is also an excellent mentor,” said Sandoval. “She is passionate about assisting small business owners to help them succeed.”

In 2016, Barrera’s support helped start 23 businesses in the Grand Island area.

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