Four Nebraska business owners who received assistance from Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation were recognized this week for their success, with one receiving with the 2013 Entrepreneur of Distinction Award. They are:
Lee Andersen, owner of Havelock Electric in Lincoln. Andersen was injured and became disabled while serving in the military. Since September 2011, Andersen has consistently exceeded his net monthly income goal. He plans to expand and hire a part-time employee or an apprentice.
Kristi Paben, owner of Ciao by Kristi in Beatrice. Paben turned her love of cooking into a full-time business providing main dishes for pickup and delivery. In addition to preparing meals for profit, Kristi donates to Beatrice’s Backpack Program for low-income children.
Michael Saalfeld, owner of Saalfeld Construction & Roofing in Seward. Saalfeld has more than doubled his profits in his second year of business. He expanded his marketing through his website and handed out fliers door to door. Saalfeld has been a member of the USA Deaf Olympics Track and Field team for four years.
The 2013 Entrepreneur of Distinction Alumni Award was presented to Jack Mann of Brady Get-N-Go in Brady. Since Mann received the 2010 Entrepreneur of Distinction Award, his business has continued to grow. Mann was chosen for his continued success as well as his contributions to his community.
“It is an honor to recognize individuals who have overcome personal challenges to build successful Nebraska businesses,” Nebraska Education Deputy Commissioner Scott Swisher said.