2012 Awards

Bobbie Meints recognized for supporting Entrepreneurs – Executive Director of the Five Rivers RC&D Receives REAP Friend of the Year Award.

Release Date: 02/22/2012
Contact(s):  John Crabtree, [email protected],
Phone: (563) 581-2867 or (402) 687-2103 ext. 1010


Kearney, NE – Yesterday, the Center for Rural Affairs presented its Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Friend of the Year Award to Bobbie Meints of Tecumseh, NE.  This award is given annually to an individual, organization or institution that provides invaluable service to entrepreneurs by assisting the Center for Rural Affairs’ REAP staff in offering technical assistance, business training, loans and networking across rural Nebraska.


Meints is the Executive Director of the Five Rivers RC&D at Tecumseh, NE.  Over the past year Bobbie has been a tremendous partner for REAP, particularly in hosting the REAP QuickBooks Trainings.


“I am very honored to have been nominated for REAP’s Friend of the Year Award, but the credit really belongs to Five Rivers RC&D and the community members within that region,” commented Bobbie. “We feel very fortunate to have REAP actively working in our communities assisting both the aspiring and well-seasoned entrepreneurs to find the right tools and resources needed to achieve their goals. Five Rivers RC&D and REAP have built a strong partnership that has proven to be successful in making a difference in the area, one business and one community at a time.”


“The partnership between REAP and Bobbie has been indispensable to our efforts to support rural entrepreneurs,” said Janelle Moran, REAP Business Specialist for the Center for Rural Affairs.


According to Moran, Bobbie was instrumental in coordinating, promoting and organizing the eight QuickBooks trainings in Nebraska City, Auburn, Tecumseh, Beatrice and Falls City.  She was the contact person for sign-up, also provided refreshments at the trainings.  Five Rivers also paid the mileage of the instructor.


“As REAP looks ahead to 2012, we have already made plans to continue partnering and providing new and additional trainings to the areas that both REAP and the Five Rivers RC&D serve. Five Rivers RC&D has been a great Friend to REAP, and Bobbie Meints has been a super person to work with,” concluded Moran.


For a picture of Meints visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cfra/6888397079/in/photostream/

For more information visit: www.cfra.org.