Pat Coldiron recognized for supporting Entrepreneurs - Owner of Liberty House B&B Receives REAP Friend of the Year Award

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Monica Braun,, Phone: (402) 643-2673
or Elisha Smith,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, NE -  The Center for Rural Affairs has awarded Pat Coldiron of Seward, NE, the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Friend of the Year award.  Coldiron, owner of Liberty House B&B, Antiques and Gifts in Seward and a former Seward Area Chamber of Commerce Director, was recognized for her long standing commitment to the REAP program at a special awards banquet on March 11 in Columbus, NE.

This award is given annually to an individual, organization or institution that provides invaluable service to entrepreneurs by assisting the Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP staff in offering technical assistance, business training, loans and networking across rural Nebraska.
“As the Chamber Director, Pat worked with me to sponsor and promote business training opportunities for the community and the region,” said Monica Braun, REAP WBC Director. “Pat was instrumental in putting together a Women's Roundtable meeting at the request of the Nebraska Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director. She helped the event succeed.”
According to Braun, Pat has served as a steady source of referrals to REAP when someone approached her about starting a business. Pat included REAP staff in joint meetings to assist the potential business owner in making good decisions.
“As a person passionate about small business, Pat continues to promote REAP WBC training opportunities through her retail establishment and her networks,” continued Braun. “She regularly refers potential clients to REAP and encourages them to use the resources available to help them be successful. Pat is an excellent mentor to new businesses.”
"REAP is truly an organization that understands "small businesses" and the value they bring to community,” commented Coldiron. “Access to the training and technical assistance REAP provides is invaluable. Nebraska is lucky to have a program like REAP."
Braun concluded,“Pat continues to be a great resource to turn to for brainstorming ideas, issues, and solutions related to small business. I have been extremely grateful for Pat's collaborative nature with REAP, and for her friendship. I can't imagine a more worthwhile candidate for the REAP Friend of the Year Award.”
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