Annual Banquet

February 15, 2019

Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation Celebrates Entrepreneurs at its 2019 Annual Dinner

Eighty-five NWMEF Board members and guests celebrated the successes of Northwest Missouri Enterprise Facilitation recently at the organization’s annual meeting, February 13, 2019, held in the Sisters of St. Francis Ministry Center, Savannah. The board and guests gathered to acknowledge the accomplishments of 2018.  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.  She totaled the overall statistics to date. Since the organization’s beginnings in 2006, NWMEF has helped with 105 new business creations, resulting in 408 jobs. Keli spoke movingly about our purpose and the ways we 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 Morris was applauded by all present for her competent business coaching and delivery of NWMEF client services through 2018.

Incoming Board Chairman Mike Thomson acknowledged the Board’s appreciation for the service of the outgoing Chairman, Jerry Ingle. He expressed his thanks for his volunteerism and support of the Enterprise Facilitator.  Jerry 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 Co.), Chairman, Monica Bailey (Atchison Co.), Vice Chair, and incumbents Jeanne Rost (Andrew Co.), Treasurer and Sister Christine Martin (Andrew Co.), Secretary.

All of the guests listened attentively to the three client presentations which were given by Sarah Kurtz of Beyond Interpreting, LLC, Oregon, Jyssica Rosier of Southern Barbie Boutique, Stanberry, MO, and Janet Morey of Prairie Specialties, LLC, King City, MO. 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 seventy 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.