Lyons, NE – The Center for Rural Affairs has awarded brothers, Arcadio and Ebodio Zepeda of Norfolk the Entrepreneurs of the Year Award from the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP) Latino Business Center.
They will be honored for their efforts to establish and grow their business, Tu Casa, as well as for their integrity and leadership in their community and among Latino business owners at special awards banquet on March 11 at 5:00 in Columbus at the Elks Country Club.
The award is presented annually to an entrepreneur or entrepreneurs who have effectively utilized the services of the Center’s REAP Latino Business Center, is successfully operating and growing their business, and who best exemplifies the entrepreneurial spirit that is so crucial to Latino-owned businesses and the rural Nebraska communities they call home.
Tu Casa began eight years ago when the owners started making and selling food at the soccer fields in Norfolk. With the help a small grill, a few ingredients, and a canopy, the business was ready to go.
It didn’t take long for Arcadio and Ebodio to take an extra step. They purchased a food truck with the assistance of a local bank that provided a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan.
The duo have managed and owned a food truck since 2007, providing authentic Mexican cuisine they learned growing up in Jalisco, Mexico.
The brothers attended one of the first Business Plan Basics Training REAP facilitated in Spanish in September 2005 in Madison. They continued to support and attend REAP Roundtables immediately after they completed the class.
“Arcadio and Ebodio’s dream is to have their own restaurant and to be able to expand their menu and offer new services,” commented Juan Sandoval, REAP Latino Business Center Director with the Center for Rural Affairs. “Since 2007, they have been writing their success page by page. With these entrepreneurs, we know there are more great things to come!”