Featured Speakers of Nebraska MarketPlace 2012

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Featured Keynote

It Takes a Village to Create and Sustain an Entrepreneur

Joanne SteeleThe featured keynote speaker is Joanne Steele, Owner and CEO of Rural Tourism Marketing Group from Dunsmuir, California.

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Joanne's keynote is: "It Takes a Village to Create and Sustain an Entrepreneur”. For rural-based businesses the road to success involves creating and nurturing relationships to help you get what you need to be successful, from your town, your support organizations and even yourself.

When you decide to start a new business in a small town, you have a whole community pulling for you. Knowing how to access and use all that local good will could mean the difference between success and failure. Learn the simple, doable steps you can take to uncover the local resources that will help you launch and sustain your small town startup.

Other Notable Speakers

Cory Geffre

Cory Geffre is passionate about business, life, and about helping people unlock their own maximum potential. This passion has led him to pursue his lifelong dream of being an author, speaker and trainer.

Cory was born for business as witnessed with his first venture at age 11. He had started 6 more businesses by age 20. Today, Cory spends his time helping businesses, organizations, healthcare and long-term care facilities in the areas of work force development, management and motivation.


Scott Meyer

Scott Meyer
 is a bro-founder at 9 Clouds, a digital marketing and education firm that helps businesses connect with customers online. As a frequent speaker and teacher, he aims to improve the digital literacy of businesses around the world.

Scott's online community, DigSandbox.com, helps users understand and learn to use social technology. He provides frequent tutorials and handbooks at 9clouds.com/blog. 


John T. Meyer

John Meyer is bro-founder of 9 Clouds and the idea guy of the operation. He started his first business in his college form room at the age of 22, and now is on business #6 with the recent launch of Lemon.ly, a visualization firm that creates understanding through visuals.

John is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and in 2010 was named to Businessweek's Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25. If he's not working on a new business, John is probably complaining about his beloved Minnesota Twins.




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