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Recent posts by Liz Daehnke

Community development comes first for award recipient

Each year, the Bob Steffen Pioneer Award is bestowed by the Center for Rural Affairs to a person who works to make extraordinary contributions in building community engagement within their own communities. People who receive this award provide a model for innovation, stewardship, or community development.

Few people exist who show more passion for or work harder toward those goals than Hank Miller.

Schuyler entrepreneur receives REAP award

From an early age, Yomara Hernandez helped her mother make fabric flowers for bridal bouquets, and decorations for weddings with natural and artificial flowers. Her mother used to sell them as complete sets, and now Yomara makes her living selling flowers, too.

Owner of Florist Angel’s in Schuyler, Nebraska, Yomara began selling floral arrangements to friends out of her garage which has now grown into a full-fledged business.

Stories of rural resiliency: rural grocers commit to customers during COVID-19

Before the days of quarantine and self-isolation, many people left their small communities to purchase their groceries. Consumers may not have known what their rural grocery offers, and may not have been getting as much bang for their buck. Instead, they were considering convenience, product availability, competitive pricing, or additional services.

Sandra Renner, farm and community director with the Center for Rural Affairs, talks about what rural grocery stores are now facing, due to COVID-19.

Columbus business owners receive award for entrepreneurial spirit

With dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs, Eduardo and Mary Rosa Morales opened their photography business, Venemex Productions, in Columbus, Nebraska, in 2008.

A year later, they discovered their business could benefit from training and guidance from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). Through years of hard work, commitment to their business, and some help along the way, their entrepreneurial dreams have come true, and the business owners are being recognized for their dedication.

Staff spotlight: Suzi helps gardeners plant seeds of success on Omaha Reservation

When Suzi French helps people grow plants in their gardens, she’s also helping them build businesses from the ground up.

A community food associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, Suzi has been assisting residents on the Omaha Reservation since 2015. She wears many different hats in her role and takes pride in every aspect of her work.

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