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Recent posts by Nancy Flock

Business Owner Capitalizes on Talent and Learning for Greater Success

Vibrant business owners have a diversity of skills. Not only do they need to know their product, they need to know the business of doing business.

Lorena Ramirez owns Mi Mundo in Lexington, Nebraska. She knows that to expand and succeed in business, you must be willing to capitalize on your own talents. But you also need to seek training when necessary.

Lorena opened Mi Mundo in August of 2013. She steadily expanded her offerings and used an entrepreneur’s best tool: creativity! In doing so, Lorena created a unique niche in the market.

REAP Hispanic Business Center Entrepreneur of the Year

Diana E. Vazquez is no stranger to hard work and is a prime example of a very determined entrepreneur. She has owned and operated Fascinación, in Lexington, Nebraska, for over 10 years. Her days begin early and end late because Fascinación is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Our small business development program, REAP, has assisted Diana with technical assistance and financing as the business continued to expand. A large selection of items can be found in the two-story retail store in historic downtown Lexington.

Easy Ways to De-stress for the Holidays

Whether you find yourself looking forward to the end of the year or dreading it, chances are you’re stressed out! Thankfully, there are some quick and simple things you can do to feel energized and power through to the end of 2012!

Keeping your diet balanced can impact your body’s response to stress. Certain foods have a stress-reducing effect. When you’re under stress, your body goes into “fight or flight” mode, releasing a chemical called cortisol. Simply sipping black tea and eating foods high in vitamin C can decrease cortisol levels in your body.

Serotonin is your body’s “feel good” chemical. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates to increase serotonin levels. Good sources include oatmeal, whole grain breakfast cereals, breads, and pastas. Complex carbohydrates gradually release serotonin, another benefit.

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