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Tuesday, October 29

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.  

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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 →
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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

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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

11:30am CDT

Lunch and NETForce Award Presentations
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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

12:45pm CDT

Can One Simple Idea Change Rural America for the Better?
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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

2:45pm CDT

Succeeding as a Female Entrepreneur in Nebraska - Big Idea Talks
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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 →

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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 →
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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 →
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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