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Volume 6, Issue 1

Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Initiative

January 2011

E N T R E P R E N E U R S P OT L I G H T M.J. Bliss — Treasures for Girls of All Ages

Project Outcomes: (June 2, 2003 to December 31, 2010)

 Total Clients      

Assisted: 647 Businesses Started: 49 Businesses Expanded: 17 Jobs Created: 181 Businesses Retained: 9 Jobs Retained: 57 Tune-Ups of Existing Businesses: 62

For more information about Enterprise Facilitation, contact: Facilitator Teresa McAnerney (785) 364-0583 teresamcanerney@yahoo.com or tm@nekef.org

Board Chair David Key (785) 336-2184

M.J. Bliss is a beautifully decorated boutique in downtown Wathena filled with home décor items, fashion accessories, clothes and jewelry for girls of all ages. Guys stop by M.J. Bliss to pick up the perfect gift for your valentine. Mary Ann Eisiminger, owner of M.J. Bliss, has expanded her merchandise from fine décor and jewelry items to include Katydid clothing, caps, blingy belts, sunglasses, scarves, leggings with matching tops and purses. In 2010, Eisiminger added purses to the store merchandise, and they boosted sales tremendously. Since then, she has continued to expand fashion accessory items offered at the store. Teresa McAnerney, Facilitator for Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation, has enjoyed working with Eisiminger.

Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation's Website www.nekef.org

“Mary Ann is so talented, her artistic flair is apparent in every inch of her store and in the products and services that she offers,” McAnerney said. (Continued on Page 2)

Enterprise Facilitation Board Member Profile Name: David Key Organization: K-State Research and Extension, Meadowlark Extension District Agent and Director in the Seneca Office Why Did You Join the Enterprise Facilitation Resource Board? I enjoy working and supporting the efforts of Northeast Kansas Enterprise

dkey@ksu.edu

Mary Ann Eisiminger owner of M.J. Bliss. The store is located at 321 W. St. Joseph Street in Wathena.

Facilitation because of the collective efforts of the entire board supporting our facilitator to make a difference for clients. Our teamwork is visible and immediate and those successes are shared on a monthly basis.

David Key (Continued on Page 2)

Upcoming Events

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February 3

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9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Facilitator Office Hours Glacial Hills Enterprise Center 334 2nd St. Wetmore, KS

6:00 p.m. Dinner/Board Meeting Fisher Community Center 201 East Iowa Hiawatha, KS

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Facilitator Office Hours Glacial Hills Enterprise Center 334 2nd St. Wetmore, KS


Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Initiative

Volume 6, Issue 1

January 2011

E N T R E P R E N E U R S P OT L I G H T M.J. Bliss — Treasures for Girls of All Ages (Continued from Page 1)

Eisiminger utilizes Facebook for marketing by posting all new merchandise and running specials on her Facebook page. She feels it is important to stay current with what is selling, and her customers are asking for clothing and fashion accessories. A new addition to the store is a line for little girls and a Princess Room. It is stocked with tutus, small purses, backpacks, lunch boxes, bright flowers and wreaths to dress up any little girls world. Those little princesses can also celebrate their birthdays with friends in the events room with a jewelry making party complete with a custom princess birthday cake. Eisiminger designs beautifully decorated cakes for all events from weddings to birthdays.

and bridal showers, birthday parties, as well as for club and business meetings. Eisiminger creates the ideal setting for a theme and provide meals or refreshments that are not only delicious but artfully presented. Treat yourself to a special destination shopping event! Store hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call us at: (785) 989-4911 for reservations and information.

Recently her events room was used for an intimate wedding. It is perfect for small celebrations, wedding

Enterprise Facilitation Board Member Profile (Continued from Page 1)

Background: In 1988, Key began his career in extension as the Nemaha County Extension Agent. Since 2006, he has served as the Meadowlark Extension District Director and Community Economic Development Agent. Key received a bachelor of science degree in Agriculture from K-State in 1986 and a master of science degree from K-State in Adult Education with an emphasis on Extension Education in 1987. David Key shares information about energy efficiency with participants during the Mayetta Energy Fair. Key has worked in extension for 22 years in Northeast Kansas. Page 2

He was the recipient of the K-State Research and Extension Team Award for innovative programming efforts on the Delaware Watershed Atrazine Education Program and Innovative Dairy Education Efforts and was a recipient of the Kansas Pork Producers Council Industry Service Award in 1997. In his spare time, Key actively serves on several community and economic development related boards including the Glacial Hills RC&D Council, Chairman of Northeast Kansas Enterprise Facilitation Resource Board and previous Chairman of the Rural Development Association of NE Kansas Board. He has an interest in and supports educational initiatives in the areas of community development and entrepreneurship.


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