MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success;

Release Date: 

12/12/2007

Contact(s): 

Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 614- 5558
Lyons - The Center for Rural Affairs will host the second annual conference, Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success, which will focus on building jobs and the rural economy from within. It will be held in Columbus, Nebraska at the New World Inn, Wednesday, February 27, 2008. Early bird registration ends January 27th, so those interested should not hesitate!
“Marketplace is for those committed to creating their own opportunities and shaping their own destiny through entrepreneurship.  It offers a space to share ideas and learn from each other,” said Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs.
 
Small business development drives job growth and economic development in rural areas. The conference will offer training, networking, and professional development opportunities for startup and existing small businesses, service providers, rural communities, and family farmers and ranchers.
 
MarketPlace will feature up to 50 booths filled with successful small businesses, service providers, and other conference sponsors. Attendees will be able to meet with Experts in many fields – attorneys, CPA’s, web designers, etc. – who will be available throughout the day to answer participant questions.
 
Seven tracks will be offered: Business Development, Finance, Marketing, Community, Agriculture, Technology, and Hispanic (with sessions available in Spanish). Entrepreneurs with ideas for start-up businesses, established businesses, agricultural businesses, and youth businesses will find topics of interest. There will also be sessions covering technology topics, ideas for entrepreneurial communities, and practical rural policy perspectives.
 
For more information on MarketPlace or to register: http://www.cfra.org/marketplace/home . Or contact Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org, (402) 614- 5558.
 

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