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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Center Provides Equity Awards to Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project Provides Equity Awards to Rural Women

Fourteen women micro-entrepreneurs across rural Nebraska will receive a cash equity award from the Center’s Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Women’s Business Center. The equity award winners were announced at the Women in Business Benefit banquet on March 29, 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska in correlation with Women’s History Month.

REAP is one of 15 Local Partners with the national Women and Company Microenterprise Boost Program. Glennis McClure, REAP Women’s Business Center Director said, “This is our second year in this project. With the nice boost these awards provided our member businesses last year, we were thrilled to once again be a partner in this national project and help Nebraska women-owned businesses.”

REAP clients selected to receive equity awards in 2006 include:

Marilyn Capps, MC Tax Prep, Falls City, NE
Carol Douty, Garden Lane, Milford, NE
Darla Grace, Your Country Neighbor, Peru, NE
Sandra Gutierrez, Bilingual Consulting Services, South Sioux City, NE
Pat Setlik & Connie McFadden, Cottonwood Lane, Loup City, NE
Rhonda Dowling, RT Fudge, Burwell, NE
Martha Martinez, Esperanzo’s Creations, South Sioux City, NE
Carla Mayo, Cedar Creek Steakhouse, Humboldt, NE
Harriet McFeely, Country Meadows, Hastings, NE
Lisa Johnson, Lisa Johnson Photography, Oakland, NE
Angela Rathe, By Design & Upholstery, McCook, NE
Katrina Schroder, Kats Kritters, Ainsworth, NE
Ronda Sherman, Sherman & Beel Photo LLC, Johnstown NE
Denice Swanson, The Drawer, Holdrege, NE

Recipients were selected through an application process coordinated by REAP. The awards can be used for essential business development activities such as marketing, technology purchases, website development, inventory, or professional services.

Funding for the Boost Program is provided by the Citigroup Foundation. Women and Company, a division of Citigroup, provides access to financial education and resources for women and is working with the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) to implement and promote the program.

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  • At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    congratulations to these 14 entrepreneurs
    and congratulations to the Center for Rural Affairs for the success of the Women's Business Center and for helping these rural women

  • At 11:35 AM, Anonymous women entrepreneurs said…

    This is great! What a fantastic opportunity for these 14 women entrepreneurs.


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