Gurrola to serve small businesses in western Nebraska

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Anthony Gurrola, Latino loan specialist,, 308.631.0157; or Rhea Landholm, brand marketing and communications manager,, 402.687.2100 ext 1025

SCOTTSBLUFF, NEBRASKA – The Center for Rural Affairs has recently hired Anthony Gurrola as a Latino loan specialist.

Gurrola’s role is to work with new and existing small businesses to help them develop business plans, obtain funding, and receive training. The one-on-one business counseling is provided at no cost.

“Rural America is full of hardworking individuals, and it’s important to help create vibrant rural communities, which are inclusive and supportive of all community members,” he said. “I strive to provide quality service with a smile to western Nebraska while also adding valuable contributions to help improve the Center’s lending practices.”

Gurrola brings years of experience to the Center’s small business program, the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP); experience that includes mortgage servicing and work as a corporate human resources facilitator.

“The best part of my role with the Center is the ability to directly impact the success of our rural community by providing support to start, manage, and expand local business ventures,” he said.

Gene Rahn, interim REAP staff manager and senior loan specialist, said Anthony will be a valuable asset to the the team.

“Anthony brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the Center for Rural Affairs,” he said. “He is working on getting to know his region and the individuals involved with small business activities in western Nebraska.”

Gurrola serves the western Nebraska panhandle area, including Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuell, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, Sheridan, Scotts Bluff, and Sioux counties. His office is located at 615 S Beltline Highway West, Suite 1, in Scottsbluff, and he can be reached at 308.631.0157 or