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This column salutes REAP businesses that are finding ways to increase their success.

Liberty House Bed & Breakfast, Antiques, and Gifts Benefits from a REAP Business Boost

Pat Coldiron has made some great progress with her Liberty House Bed & Breakfast plus gift store business in Seward. She bought the business in 2002 and has been building her business ever since.

With a little assistance through a Women & Company Equity Award from REAP this year, she was able to do some additional marketing through the local paper in Seward, the Country Register paper, Nebraska Life Magazine, and have some new cards and brochures printed. Pat believes the best thing has been the addition of a new outdoor sign on the property.

These efforts have paid off in an increase in occupancy rate and have boosted gift and antique sales as well. She says she is truly grateful for the equity award because it came at the right time and enabled her to keep going and grow her business a little this year.

Another positive change to help boost customer traffic was obtaining her restaurant license so she can host meals to groups by reservation. She really enjoys serving and meeting the people that come for an outing at her place.

Pat is constantly trying to think of new ways to improve her business and increase the numbers of folks she serves. Her latest project was preparing a gathering space for use by a larger group of “all-night” quilters.

Pat finds great joy in playing her part in working with other merchants and the Chamber in Seward to help promote Seward. Pat is involved on the business relations committee of the Chamber. She believes that by networking, local businesses can help each other. Liberty House is neighbor to a youth home operated by Seward Family Support Services. She works with the home and provides opportunities for the youth to fulfill community service hours.

She says her time is very full with just taking care of the business. When she has free time she loves to read and garden. Pat has been a good contact for REAP in Seward County. Keep up the great work Pat!

Pat Coldiron shown with her new sign, which is helping draw overnight guests to her Seward, Nebraska bed and breakfast.
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