4 Columbus residents to earn business honors
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4 Columbus residents to earn business honors


Several people with ties to the Columbus business community will be honored by The Center for Rural Affairs at an upcoming ceremony.

Mary Rosa and Eduardo Morales, owners of Venemex Productions, as well as the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s Jeanne Schieffer and Sandie Fischer will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Friday, March 13, in York.

Rosa and Morales are to receive the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2019 Entrepreneur Award, presented annually to an individual or individuals who best exemplify the entrepreneurial spirit that defines and is crucial to the future prosperity of Nebraska’s rural communities.

The business owners have received technical assistance, and also participated in REAP trainings over the years, learning business concepts and best practices.

“Mary Rosa and Eduardo are well known in the community, and right now have ranked first position with Facebook followers compared to other local photography businesses,” said Kim Preston, Rural Enterprise Assistance Project director, in a provided statement.

Venemex Productions participates in Latino community events and provides video and photography service to two local festivals.

“The business has grown little by little with a lot of effort on their side and REAP guidance and financial support,” Preston said.

Schieffer, the chamber’s president, and Fischer, its events planner and entrepreneur/membership developer, will be honored with the Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) 2019 Latino Business Center Partner Award. This specific honor is also handed out annually to an individual or organization that has demonstrated outstanding support for the REAP Latino Business Center and exceptional dedication to small business development in rural Nebraska.

Schieffer and Fischer have supported Latino businesses and encouraged them to participate in different community events, in addition to connecting Center staff with Latino businesses and community leaders in Columbus.

“Jeanne and Sandie have referred several clients to the Center in the past, and are always open to working with the Latino community,” said Veronica Spindola, Latino loan specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs. “Every time I turn to them and ask for something, I can be sure that ‘yes’ will be the answer.”



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