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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Staff spotlight: Halle helps develop business dreams in southeast Nebraska

Recently a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Halle Ramsey is off and running in her new career with the Center for Rural Affairs.

As a business development specialist, Halle coordinates one-on-one consultations and virtual webinars that provide knowledge, support, tools, resources, and accountability to entrepreneurs on a variety of business topics including start-up assistance, financial awareness, marketing and sales, and management.

These responsibilities are exactly what Halle hoped she’d find in her new role.

Gewecke receives Women's Business Center Entrepreneur Award

As a child, Megan Gewecke never missed an opportunity to help others in need. Her desire to assist people eventually led Megan down the mental health career path. She is now a licensed psychologist who offers counseling for substance use and mental health issues, and is the owner of Stepping Stones Psychological Services, LLC, in Kearney, Nebraska.

Entrepreneurs find a friendly face in Burt County

A long-time fan of the Center for Rural Affairs’ work, Patty Plugge has been an enthusiastic voice in rural matters well before actually partnering with the organization.

And, because of her commitment to helping others in her position as Burt County economic development director, the Center has chosen Patty to receive its 2019 Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Friend Award.

Newspaper owner strives to keep community connected

Norma Cell Marquez had a desire to ensure the Latino community was informed of current events in Nebraska. Her dream was to keep people up to date in Spanish, so no one was left out of the loop on important topics such as health, immigration, nutrition, and education.

She made that dream come true in August 2016 when she took over Buenos Dias Nebraska, an all-Spanish print and digital newspaper based in Grand Island.

Stories of rural resiliency: libraries live on with community support

A source of comfort, a home away from home, a creative outlet, and a place to expand knowledge and enlighten the minds of young and old alike—libraries are some of our most treasured resources.

Since the coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of businesses of all kinds, rural Americans have missed out on many of the services generally available to them, especially through their local library.

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