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Breakout Session 1 [clear filter]
Tuesday, October 29

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 

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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 →
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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. 

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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 →
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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. 

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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
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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 →
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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 →
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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.

  • 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 

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Surin Kim

Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
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 →
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Maria de Guzman

Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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