The successes of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) were recently celebrated by 85 board members and guests at the organization’s annual meeting, February 13, 2019, held in the Sisters of St. Francis Ministry Center, Savannah, Missouri.

Keli Morris, Enterprise Facilitator, announced the list of the 17 new businesses which were assisted in their start-ups in the six county area. She also spoke of the 42 new jobs which resulted from the start-ups. Since the organization’s beginning in 2006, NWMEF has helped with 105 new business creations, resulting in 408 jobs. Keli spoke movingly about NWMEF’s purpose and the ways they reach out to entrepreneurs in our region and gave kudos to her partners: the NWMEF Resource Board, who volunteer many hours to the nonprofit organization. Keli was applauded by all present for her competent business coaching and delivery of NWMEF client services through 2018.

Mike Thomson, incoming board chairman, acknowledged the board’s appreciation for the service of Jerry Ingle, the outgoing chairman. He expressed his thanks for his volunteerism and support of the Enterprise Facilitator. Ingle also was presented with NWMEF’s esteemed RAVE Award, honoring his exemplary service and efforts above and beyond in assisting to promote and carry out its goals.

Officers were approved for the year 2019. They were: Mike Thomson (Nodaway County), chairman; Monica Bailey (Atchison County), vice chair; Jeanne Rost (Andrew County), treasurer; and Sister Christine Martin (Andrew County), secretary.

Presentations were given by Sarah Kurtz of Beyond Interpreting, LLC, Oregon, Missouri, Jyssica Rosier of Southern Barbie Boutique, Stanberry, Missouri, and Janet Morey of Prairie Specialties, LLC, King City, Missouri. The clients explained how NWMEF assisted in establishing their now thriving enterprises and thanked the organization and Enterprise Facilitator Keli Morris for the support given.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise is a nonprofit organization which offers free and confidential business coaching in a six county region. NWMEF members are a group of over 70 volunteers from six counties, (Atchison, Andrew, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway, and Worth,) who care about the success and sustainability of this rural region. The Facilitation board’s purpose is to assist rural entrepreneurs in creating or maintaining their small business ventures. They do this for the same reason the early pioneers helped their neighbors through the practice of barn raising – to build community spirit and strengthen and sustain small communities for the benefit of the region.