Citta Deli wins Hormel Business Plan Competition

Friday, April 14, 2017
McCook Community College Vice President Andy Long, above left, and Lena Koebel, right, Account Manager for Mid-Plains Center for Enterprise, present a $15,000 check to Bill Lesko of Citta Deli, McCook, as the grand-prize winner in this year’s Ben Hormel Business Plan Competition.
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McCOOK, Neb. — Citta Deli and six other area businesses were named cash award winners Thursday in the Ben Hormel Business Plan Competition through McCook Community College’s Business and Community Education.

Citta Deli received $15,000 and Farkleberry’s of Hayes Center was named runner-up and received $7,500.

Five area businesses were awarded $1,5000 each including:

Barry and Marian Richards of Hayes Center, left, received a $7,500 check for Farkelberry’s as runner-up. Six other area businesses received funds for business and business startups totaling $15,000.
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KB Home Care, McCook

Lamp Post Coffee and Boutique, Benkelman

Myrtle Health LLC, Imperial

On the Spot Services, McCook

Tornado Alley, Arapahoe

Prize money can be used to develop business ideas or expand on current business with no strings attached.

These seven finalists presented their business plan Thursday. They were among the 23 entries in this year’s competition representing nine different communities in the area. Of those, 15 were selected as semi-finalists and received scholarships to take the on-line Entrepreneurship Business Plan writing class offered through Mid-Plains Community College earlier this semester.

This year’s competition was open to new business development in Chase, Dundy, Hitchcock, Hayes, Frontier, Red Willow, and Furnas Counties. Anyone with a business idea or a plan to expand a current business was eligible to apply.

Local sponsors allow the college to keep the program going every other year, for at least the next five years. Gold sponsors include Community Hospital, MNB Financial Group, McCook College Foundation and McCook Community Foundation.

McCook Economic Development Corp. is a silver sponsor. Bronze sponsors are AmFirst Bank, First Central Bank, Adams Band and Trust – Imperial. Media sponsors include: McCook Gazette, Hometown Family Radio, and High Plains Radio.

The Hormel Family Foundation was founded in 1999 by the late Ben F. Hormel to support MCC. Among his entrepreneurial ventures, Hormel operated the Chevrolet dealership in McCook. When he died in 2002, he passed on the torch to his children and grandchildren, who operate the foundation today.

The main objective of the competition is to stimulate entrepreneurship and support business expansion in Southwest Nebraska.

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