Angela McQuinn and Elaine Ingle presented an Inspiration Award to Marilyn and Bob Alldredge in recognition of their dedication and efforts to organize the Great Northwest Wine Fest for the past 10 years.

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation (NWMEF) held its annual meeting, February 20, 2020, in the Sisters of St. Francis Ministry Center, Savannah, Missouri. Twenty-nine board members and over 30 guests gathered to acknowledge the accomplishments of 2019.

Keli Morris, Enterprise Facilitator, announced the list of the 13 new businesses which were assisted in their start-ups in the six county area. She also spoke of the 28 new jobs which resulted from the start-ups. She totaled the overall statistics to date. Since the organization’s beginnings in 2006, NWMEF has helped with 115 new business creations, resulting in 436 jobs. Keli spoke 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. She enjoys collaborating with the chambers in each county and other economic development providers. Keli Morris was applauded by all present for her competent business coaching and delivery of NWMEF client services through 2018.

Board members and guests listened attentively to three client presentations which were given by Regina Calderwood, of Gina’s Café and Catering in Cosby, who also catered the meal, Kelly Wilmes of W5 Accounting, LLC, Stanberry, and author Kathy Bunse, Cosby. 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.

Monica Bailey, incoming board chair, acknowledged the board’s appreciation for the service of the outgoing officers Mike Thompson, previous chair, Sr. Christine Martin, secretary, and Wine Fest coordinator, Marilyn Alldredge. Awards were presented by Public Relations Chair and Committee member Angela McQuinn and Elaine Ingle who gave NWMEF’s esteemed RAVE award to Jeanne Rost and Sr. Christine Martin, OSF, for their exemplary service and efforts to promote and carry out the organization’s goals. A special Inspiration Award was presented to Marilyn and Bob Alldredge in the form of a cherry wood wine box with a plaque which commended them for their 10 years of leadership and dedication to Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation through the Great Northwest Wine Fest Event.

At the brief business meeting of the organization which followed the celebration, officers were approved for the year 2019. They were: Monica Bailey (Atchison County), chairman; Chad Higdon (Andrew County), vice chair; incumbent Jeanne Rost (Andrew County), treasurer; and Jackie Spainhower (Worth County), secretary.

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 passionately 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 whole region.