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Tuesday, October 29
 

8:00am CDT

Registration | Rolls & Coffee
Check in early and enjoy coffee, muffins and bagels.   Great opportunity to get those morning "meet-ups" done at the start of the day.




Tuesday October 29, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Main Lobby Holthus Center

9:00am CDT

Conference Kick-off & Welcome
Top off your cup of joe and join us in the Ballroom as we start the day's activities.  

Speakers
avatar for Marilyn Schlake

Marilyn Schlake

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
Marilyn is a Nebraskas Extension Educator focused on community, economic and business development. Current projects - youth entrepreneurship education; Stronger Economies Together (SET), Marketing Hometown America (MHA), Non-profit strategic planning, and business management and employee... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Hurley

Lisa Hurley

Economic Development, York County Development Corporation
Lisa Hurley, CEcD, joined York County Development Corporation in May 2013. Lisa focuses her efforts on coordinating a Business Retention and Expansion program, Business Recruitment, Marketing efforts, technical assistance to businesses, and overseeing other YCDC efforts including... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:00am - 9:15am CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

9:15am CDT

The Total Town Makeover: Rethinking Business, Community & Home
The Total Town Makeover – Rethinking Business, Community and Home
How does your organization or community stand out from others?   Perhaps it looks like the rest, facing similar struggles and challenges.  How could you change things?  How do you perform a makeover?  Andrew’s broadcast travels chronicle the “makeover” taking place in the nation’s top organizations and communities.  What are they doing to stand out and thrive?  How can you make it happen as well?   Andrew shares the key steps you must take to complete the total makeover.
Key Takeaways:
  • What key steps do top-performers have that other do not?
  • Implement the indispensable elements for a “makeover” by learning real-world steps that work!
  • Build success for the long-term and create group “buy-in” to create a makeover

Speakers
avatar for Andrew McCrae

Andrew McCrae

Andrew McCrea is a farmer and rancher, an award-winning radio and TV broadcaster and a nationally recognized speaker. He is the host of a nationally broadcast radio feature, “The American Countryside,” a program that has won five Oscars for rural and agricultural broadcasting... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

10:15am CDT

Break - Refreshments
Freshen up the cuppa and scout out your next session.  Breakouts start in 15 minutes.

Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am CDT
Main Lobby Holthus Center

10:30am CDT

Bringing Spice to Rural Communities
In this session we will begin by explaining the Latino Small Business Program and the impact that Latino-owned small businesses are having in Nebraska. We will address how to approach working with people of diverse backgrounds, how to support your diverse community, and how to build a network of inclusive leaders in your community.

Key Take-Aways
  • Understand the resources that the Latino Small Business Program offers
  • Learn how to connect with entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs from all backgrounds 
  • Learn how to collaborate and encourage people to work together 

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Barrera

Sandra Barrera

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
Sandra is a native of Colombia (South America) and has lived in Grand Island, Nebraska since 2001. Sandra received her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting at La Salle University (Colombia) and a Masters in Family Financial Planning at University Nebraska-Lincoln... Read More →
avatar for Griselda Rendon

Griselda Rendon

Latino Loan Specialist, Center for Rural Affairs
Griselda is originally from Mexico and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She currently works for REAP and The Center for Rural Affairs as a Latino Loan Specialist in Grand Island.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room G

10:30am CDT

Don’t Waste a Good Crisis: One Community’s Ability to Overcome Workforce Obstacles
The Sidney community has undergone huge changes over the last couple of years. Through local and state partnerships, this community embraced change and are reaping the rewards.

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn how to network and utilize local and state resources. 
  • Hear real life success stories. 
  • Learn how a positive attitude contributes to entrepreneurial success. 

Speakers
avatar for Paula Abbott

Paula Abbott

Sidney Campus Executive Director, Western Nebraska Community College
Paula J Abbott has over 19 years experience in higher education and has been with WNCC for over 8 years as the Sidney Campus Executive Director. Her academic background is in business administration, management, organizational development, and higher education leadership. Paula is... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Norgard

Melissa Norgard

Economic Development Director, City of Sidney
Melissa is the Economic Development Director for the City of Sidney. She was born and raised in Sidney. After graduating from Sidney High School in 2000, she attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and majored in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room F

10:30am CDT

National Food Entrepreneur Program - What's Cooking in Nebraska
This session will introduce and inform attendees about this nationally recognized resource offered through the UNL Food Processing Center.   Since it's inception in 1989 the program has helped thousands of entrepreneurs from throughout the country explore the idea of launching a food business.  

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn more about this valuable resource available to help food entrepreneurs start and grow.  
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the challenges to starting a food business. 

Speakers
avatar for Jill Gifford

Jill Gifford

National Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program Manager, University of Nebraska
Jill coordinates the National Food Entrepreneur Program at the University of Nebraska Food Processing Center. This includes presenting the marketing/business information at the “Recipe to Reality” seminar and providing marketing/business consultation and assistance to clients... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room D

10:30am CDT

Retaining Emerging Talent in Nebraska
Speakers
avatar for Ashley Einspahr

Ashley Einspahr

Student, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Ashley Einspahr is a junior at the University of Nebraska Kearney. Her major is organizational and relational communication with a support track in multi-media. Ashley hopes to pursue a job within the business communication field. She currently serves as the Vice President of the... Read More →
avatar for Zack Kerner

Zack Kerner

Student, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Zack is the President of the Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization (CEO) Chapter at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He is a senior from Arapahoe, Nebraska studying Business Administration with a minor in Marketing/Management. He is currently a Service Technician/Salesman... Read More →
avatar for Kylee Meyer

Kylee Meyer

Student, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Kylee is from Maxwell, Nebraska and is a senior at the University of Nebraska Kearney where she is studying Recreation Management with a minor in Business Administration. She is a proud member of the UNK CEO chapter. In the future, Kylee would like to work for the National Park Service... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room E

10:30am CDT

Youth Entrepreneurship Beyond Pitch Competitions
Rural flight among youth and young adults is one of the most serious threats to the vitality and wellbeing of many communities across the United States. In response to this issue, Youth Entrepreneurship Clinics (YEC) was developed as a place-based educational program to cultivate a sense of connection to community and to help youth gain entrepreneurship skills and business acumen. This session will provide opportunities to learn about the program that brings in-depth engagement between rural youth and local businesses and the best practices of how youth as agents of changes contribute to entrepreneurship ecosystem building and economic development in their communities.

Takeaways
  • Learn the format and see examples of place-based education that utilizes latest startup methodology and technology to nurture entrepreneurial and STEAM skills along with other positive developmental outcomes (e.g., problem solving, sense of connection to others, sense of contribution) among youth 
  • Gain ideas of ways to engage broader audiences (e.g., local businesses, community leaders, and schools) to support youth entrepreneurship in their local communities 
  • Learn about potential challenges of reverse mentoring (e.g., youth become problem solvers) and tips 


Speakers
avatar for Surin Kim

Surin Kim

Assistant Professor and Entrepreneurship Specialist, University of Nebraska
Surin Kim’s professional focus has been innovative and high-growth product development, which she has successfully launched in the tech industry for the past decade. While completing her MBA at Wharton Business School, Surin used her study of Entrepreneurial Management to spearhead... Read More →
avatar for Maria de Guzman

Maria de Guzman

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Nebraska
Maria is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Child, Youth and Family Studies at UNL. Her extension work focuses on developing and supporting programs to provide developmentally appropriate educational experiences for youth; as well as in promoting... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Room I

11:30am CDT

Lunch and NETForce Award Presentations
Speakers
avatar for Gregg Christensen

Gregg Christensen

Founder, The Christensen Collaborative
Entrepreneurship, Work-Based Learning and Career Education Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

12:15pm CDT

Round Table Discussion
Speakers
avatar for Marilyn Schlake

Marilyn Schlake

Extension Educator, Nebraska Extension
Marilyn is a Nebraskas Extension Educator focused on community, economic and business development. Current projects - youth entrepreneurship education; Stronger Economies Together (SET), Marketing Hometown America (MHA), Non-profit strategic planning, and business management and employee... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:15pm - 12:45pm CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

12:45pm CDT

Can One Simple Idea Change Rural America for the Better?
Speakers
avatar for Chais & Shawna Meyer

Chais & Shawna Meyer

Co-Founders, Nest:Work
We're a husband and wife business team that creates retail, writing, digital, real-estate and consulting businesses together. We're high school sweethearts that have been married for 16 years and we each have our own strengths that compliment each other well. Chais focuses on the... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 12:45pm - 1:15pm CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

1:30pm CDT

Crafting Culture: Building Inclusive Communities for Craft-Based Entrepreneurship
As our communities grow increasingly diverse and complex, there has never been a stronger need for programs and initiatives that promote inclusion and diversity, which are also key drivers for innovation. This session provides opportunities to learn how craft-based entrepreneurship workshops utilizing rich textile traditions of Nebraska and collaborative project-based learning can support local multicultural audiences in building healthy, inclusive communities in Nebraska.

Key Take-Aways
  • Participants will learn about and generate their own ideas for craft-based entrepreneurship workshops to foster social connections and collaborations among diverse audiences in their communities. 
  • Participants will learn potential challenges and best practices to develop and facilitate programs for multicultural audiences.   

Speakers
avatar for Surin Kim

Surin Kim

Assistant Professor and Entrepreneurship Specialist, University of Nebraska
Surin Kim’s professional focus has been innovative and high-growth product development, which she has successfully launched in the tech industry for the past decade. While completing her MBA at Wharton Business School, Surin used her study of Entrepreneurial Management to spearhead... Read More →
avatar for Claire Nicholas

Claire Nicholas

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Claire Nicholas is Assistant Professor of Textiles and Material Culture in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising & Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on the ethnography of craft and design process, pedagogy, and the everyday practices (and... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Room F

1:30pm CDT

Growing Our Own: Entrepreneurship Youth Education
Learn how to support youth in your community by connecting them to local businesses (i.e. bankers, insurance agents, and local entrepreneurs) and educators. The Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development at UNK will share the programs they offer to elementary, middle school, and high school aged students and will share how entrepreneurship education can benefit students in their futures. These programs allow students to become active in entrepreneurship at a young age which gives them a head start in learning about business startups.

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn how to introduce entrepreneurship concepts to students of all ages. 
  • Form a plan to reach youth in your area. 
  • Learn how to bring innovation to the classroom regardless of discipline. 

Speakers
avatar for Aliese Hoffman

Aliese Hoffman

Coordinator, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Aliese is the Coordinator of Experiential Student Entrepreneurship Education in the Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Development at UNK. In this role, Aliese teaches youth programs to students in elementary and middle school. Participants in these camps learn how to create and... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Room I

1:30pm CDT

Nebraska Entrepreneurship Initiative: SourceLink & eCommunities
Similar to Network Kansas, Nebraska SourceLink connects a network of business resources to increase the visibility of services like yours. It tells the story of Nebraska entrepreneurship, identifies gaps in entrepreneurial services and find new opportunities for collaboration. The eCommunities program helps local communities and their economic developers acquire the skills to find and engage with their area entrepreneurial talent. https://nebraska.edu/sourcelink

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn how to create or customize your Nebraska SourceLink Resource Navigator profile 
  • Explore how the Extension eCommunity program helps develop local capacity to find and empower entrepreneurs. 



Speakers
avatar for Connie Hancock

Connie Hancock

Consultant, University of Nebraska
Connie is currently a consultant for Nebraska Extension. Connie worked for over 39 years focused in community and economic development programming. During her career, Connie’s area of focus included Broadband Planning, Information Technology educational programming to communities... Read More →
avatar for Harold Sargus

Harold Sargus

Manager, Professional and Organizational Development, Nebraska Business Development Center
Harold has 25 years of successful human resource, organization development and consultative sales experience. He served as the lead HR professional within the nonprofit, manufacturing and construction sectors and created an HR department. He has consulted with a variety of organizations... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Room D

1:30pm CDT

Redemptive Entrepreneurship: The Innovative RISE Reentry Program in Nebraska
In this session you will learn about RISE, a Nebraska reentry program that uses entrepreneurship as a tool to lowering recidivism. RISE provides pre-release entrepreneurship training to incarcerated individuals, and the program culminates in a "shark-tank" style business pitch competition with start-up investments for the top 5 winners upon release. This session will cover some of the challenges facing Nebraska's prison system and RISE's "inside/out" program solution.

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn about the work RISE is doing in Nebraska. 
  • Learn about challenges in the Nebraska prison system and the role entrepreneurship can play in lowering recidivism. 
  • Learn how you can get involved in RISE's mission by judging pitch competitions and coaching the underdog entrepreneurs that RISE serves. 

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Bouman

Jeremy Bouman

CEO, RISE
Jeremy is the Founder and CEO of RISE, an innovative Nebraska non-profit that provides entrepreneurship, employment readiness and character development training to currently and formerly incarcerated individuals. RISE currently serves in 7 Nebraska prisons and provides post-release... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Room G

1:30pm CDT

Utilizing Events to Attract and Grow Your Business
Event management is often overlooked as part of an organization's strategic business and marketing plan. In this session, businesses will be taught how to think strategically to utilize community events to attract new business and to develop in-house events that build a unique organizational culture and strengthen their loyal customer base.  

Key Take-Aways
  • Learn how event management can be effectively utilized in the organization's overall marketing and strategic planning 
  • Utilize event management principles to attract new customers and to turn casual customers into loyal ones 
  • Apply event management principles to create a unique organizational culture that both fits within and stands out from your community's strategy 

Speakers
avatar for Kristin Malek

Kristin Malek

Assistant Professor, Event Management Extension Specialist, University of Nebraska Lincoln
Dr. Kristin Malek, or Dr. K as she is known by her students, has over ten years in hospitality and event management experience. She began her career in the restaurant industry where she developed a love for hospitality. After moving quickly into an assistant store manager role, she... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Room E

2:30pm CDT

Break & Refreshments
Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Main Lobby Holthus Center

2:45pm CDT

Succeeding as a Female Entrepreneur in Nebraska - Big Idea Talks
Moderators
avatar for Lisa Tschauner

Lisa Tschauner

Director, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Lisa Tschauner has been involved with building central Nebraska for the past sixteen years. She has been a leader in entrepreneurship education and advocacy as an educator, consultant and community member. She is the co-owner of Open for Business magazine, a local B2B publication... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessi Hoeft

Jessi Hoeft

Co-Founder, First State Brewing Company and Ensign Beverage
Jessi Hoeft is an entrepreneur who lives in Hastings, Nebraska. After moving to Central Nebraska with her husband, Nathan, in 2012 they started the No Coast Brewing Company. Today two brands are growing regional under this company name, First Street Brewing Company and Ensign Beverage... Read More →
avatar for Cheryl Powers

Cheryl Powers

CEO, Jord Producers
Cheryl Powers is the CEO of Jord Producers and has partnered with two other women to farm mealworms. Cheryl's partners, Kris Vrooman and Amber Klassen, live on active family farms and are doing the actual farming of the worms. Twenty years of Cheryl's professional career was spent... Read More →
avatar for Sara Reyes Sudman

Sara Reyes Sudman

Owner, Fields Floral
Originally from Fairbury, Sara graduated from SCC-Beatrice with an Associates in Business Management and a Bachelors degree from UNL in Psychology, with a Minor in English. Upon graduating, she moved to Chicago and worked for Kirkland & Ellis doing business development and eventually... Read More →


Tuesday October 29, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

3:45pm CDT

Conference Wrap-up
Tuesday October 29, 2019 3:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Main Ballroom Holthus Center

4:00pm CDT

Pipeline Pitch Competition
Listen and hear University students from all four campuses pitch their business ideas.  This is a great opportunity to learn how to and explore ways you can teach and encourage youth to enter pitch competitions.


Tuesday October 29, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Room F