Nebraska Organizations Receive Over $700,000 in Grants

Release Date: 

11/20/2007

Contact(s): 

Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 614-5558 or Monica Braun, mbraun@windstream.net, Phone: (402) 643-2673
Lyons, NE – On Monday Joy Marshall and Monica Braun, representing the Center for Rural Affairs, were presented with a ceremonial check for $99,000 to assist the Center in expanding their entrepreneurial development conference, MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success. The grant will allow the Center to pilot the conference in Colorado and to include curriculum for Latino entrepreneurs and Latino-owned business development in both Nebraska and Colorado. The check was presented by United States Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and USDA Rural Development Nebraska State Director Scot Blehm at a ceremony in Lincoln, NE.
“We are grateful to USDA Rural Development and the members of the Nebraska Congressional Delegation whose support for entrepreneurship and Marketplace helped make the awarding of this grant possible. The grant will allow us to expand into a new and emerging area and broaden it into Colorado,” commented Joy Marshall, Event Planner with the Center for Rural Affairs.

Along with the Center for Rural Affairs, seven organizations received a combined total of over $700,000 in Rural Business Enterprise Grants. The grant program provides funding to help stimulate economic development in rural areas.

The $99,000 received by the Center for Rural Affairs will be leveraged with $80,300 from the Center and other sources to allow for the expansion of Marketplace, the Center’s successful entrepreneurship conference, by piloting the conference in Colorado and including curriculum for Latino entrepreneurs and Latino-owned business development in both Nebraska and Colorado.

The second annual MarketPlace rural entrepreneurship event will be held in the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska on February 27, 2008.

The conference will again offer training, networking, and professional development opportunities for startup and existing small businesses, service providers, rural communities, and family farmers and ranchers.

For more information contact: Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org . Or visit, www.cfra.org/marketplace/home .

 

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