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Breakout Session 2 [clear filter]
Tuesday, October 29

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.   

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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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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. 

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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. 

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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 →
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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. 

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Jeremy Bouman

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 

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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