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Staff spotlight: Howard looks forward to helping entrepreneurs in central Nebraska

With decades of experience under his belt, and a strong desire to fight for the little guy, Howard White now holds the entrepreneurs of central Nebraska in his very capable hands.

The Center for Rural Affairs recently brought Howard onto the team as a loan specialist, a position he’s excited to be in, with an organization he holds in high regard.

Staff spotlight: Studying abroad reinforces love of rural communities

Growing up on an acreage outside of Firth, Nebraska, my responsibility was to take care of the cattle—from the bottle-fed calves to the big bull we knighted Sir Loin. I broke the ice for them in winter and stuck them with needles when the time came for vaccinations. My summers were spent detasseling, hunting down thistles in my grandpa’s pasture, and swimming in creeks when they swelled with rainwater (after making sure my tetanus shot was up-to-date).

Staff spotlight: Raúl passes on knowledge to Nebraska business owners

After years of acquiring business knowledge, Raúl Arcos Hawkins now has the opportunity to share everything he’s learned with aspiring entrepreneurs throughout Nebraska.

Recently hired as a Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) business development specialist at the Center for Rural Affairs, Raúl is no stranger to the organization. Initially hired as a contractor for REAP, Raúl spent more than a year assisting business owners before taking on his new role.

Civity and Center staff connect to create welcoming communities

The Center for Rural Affairs strives to help create vibrant, rural communities through its work. But, what does that mean to those who live outside of rural America?

Recently, Center for Rural Affairs community organizers Gladys Godinez and Jordan Feyerherm joined host and Civity communications consultant Gina Baleria on the podcast “This is Civity.” Their discussion focused on the work done at the Center to encourage inclusion and connection in rural communities.

Staff spotlight: Shawn advances the Center’s mission number by number

Knowledge of numbers, a passion for teamwork, and a love of rural living make Shawn Vetick perfectly suited for her role as accounting assistant with the Center for Rural Affairs.

The Nebraska native has been crunching the numbers in the Center’s accounting department since 2010, starting as a part-time employee, and full-time since 2012.

Shawn’s role is vitally important in keeping everything running smoothly financially for the Center staff, as well as investors.

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