Monthly Inventor & Entrepreneurial Club Meetings Kick Off January 19

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Dena Beck,, Center for Rural Affairs
Minden, NE - The PK Partnership (Phelps and Kearney counties) will kick off the first Inventors/Innovators/Investors and Entrepreneurs Club (I & E Club) meeting at the Minden Fire Hall on January 19, followed by additional monthly meetings thereafter. Anyone interested in small business is invited to attend.
Lisa Stadler, Kearney County Economic Development Director, called the I & E Club, “A certain destination for aspiring entrepreneurs who are facing strategic issues in their functioning.  The club can provide insight to the typical business experiences (good and bad), networking opportunities, anticipated risks and the market practicalities that are not offered by books or degree programs.” 
The inaugural meeting will begin at 6:00 PM with social time, hors d'oeuvres and networking, followed by a "Marketing on a Shoestring" presentation at 6:30.  The evening will conclude with participant's sharing their interests and needs and more networking.  Resource providers and professionals will introduce themselves after participant introductions - which will allow providers to tell what they offer in direct response to the needs voiced.
Dena Beck, a business specialist with the Center for Rural Affairs REAP program, pointed to results of a recent Small Business Needs Assessment Survey conducted by the Center in comments about the I & E Club meeting. "The survey showed small businesses want and need network and mentoring opportunities. I'm pleased that REAP can collaborate with PK Partnership to bring this opportunity to south central Nebraska."
The PK Partnership Inventor and Entrepreneur Club will alternate meeting locations between Minden and Holdrege. The next meeting will be February 16 in Holdrege.  Future speakers and topics will be selected from evaluations and feedback of participants.    

For more information contact Dena Beck, 308-528-0060,

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