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Community leaders turn out for support of emerging business

September 27, 2018

A “crazy girl’s dream” — coupled with a drive to serve the community — has helped Real Estate Solutions Team achieve success in a relatively short amount of time.

That’s a big part of the reason the Norfolk business was awarded the Norfolk Area Business Hall of Fame’s second annual “emerging business award” Tuesday evening at their offices at 401 W. Norfolk Ave.

Another part is that co-owners Russ and Kim Wilcox have also made strides in the revitalization of downtown Norfolk by moving their business into the former DeLay National Bank building when the decision was made to expand.

The emerging business award is part of the Norfolk Area Business Hall of Fame that was created in 2017 and sponsored by the Daily News and First National Bank of Norfolk. The recipient is an enterprise in Northeast Nebraska that has been in existence for five years or less.

Daily News editor Kent Warneke welcomed a group of about 50 guests, including Mayor Josh Moenning, Norfolk Chamber of Commerce board members, city council members, employees and representatives of First National Bank and the Daily News.

Warneke said the award honors businesses for their success, commitment to their employees and to the community. More than 40 area businesses were nominated for either the emerging business award or the hall of fame this year, he said.

Lou’s Thrifty Way Market of Norfolk and Bluebird Nursery of Clarkson were inducted Wednesday into the hall of fame.

Warneke said business owners understand their “employees are the most important and valuable aspect to the success of the business.”

Don Polodna, market president of First National Bank of Norfolk, then presented to the Wilcoxes a framed front page of the Daily News featuring the announcement of their award.

“(Real Estate Solutions Team) are invaluable resources (in Norfolk). They really know the market, they know the area,” Polodna said.

He said that while so many businesses have done really well in the current market, “when people like Russ and Kim do well, the community does well.”

Kim Wilcox told the guests at the award presentation that the honor was very special to her and her husband, Russ.

“What it says is it took a crazy girl’s dream, four or five years ago, and it validated it,” Kim Wilcox said.

She spoke about her drive to create a real estate business that would be run differently as “a one-stop shop where people come together and work together.”

“Our mission statement is ‘Integrity driven solutions.’ ... It really is the truth. If you take care of people and you do the right thing, everything else will work itself out,” Kim Wilcox said.

She also said that she couldn’t be more happy or blessed to work in an historic building downtown with such a great team.

Russ Wilcox said the emerging business award was “probably one of the cooler things from an honor perspective I’ve gotten to be a part of.”

He thanked the community of Norfolk for its continued support and said the there is something special about the city and Northeast Nebraska.

“There is some amazing business success stories. ... the people that are here are really hard-working, really smart and they’ve been really successful,” Russ Wilcox said.

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