The First Inventor & Entrepreneurial Club Meeting Huge Success

Release Date: 

02/02/2009

Contact(s): 

Dena Beck, denab@cfra.org, Phone: (308) 528-0060 or - Sharon Hueftle, sharonh@scedd.us, Phone: (308) 995-3190
Minden, NE - Nearly 60 people participated in the first Inventors, Innovators, Investors, and Entrepreneurs Club (I&E Club) held at the Minden Fire Hall on Monday, January 19. Terry Whipple, Executive Director of the Juneau County (Wisconsin) Economic Development Corporation and founder of the Juneau County's Inventors and Entrepreneur's Club, provided insights and encouragement to attendees as he told of the positive outcomes they have experienced in Wisconsin as a result of the I&E Club, "You are important to our economy as we live in this world of rapid change."
"Marketing on a Shoestring" was the educational topic presented by the owners of Marketing Happens in Hastings, Kenzie Choquette and Kristen Pavelka.  They shared ideas for marketing to targeted audiences without investing high dollars as well as internet marketing tips.

"The Center for Rural Affairs knows how vital entrepreneurship and small businesses are to rural Nebraska, and we are so glad to partner with PK Partnership and be able to bring a network such as the I&E Club to this area of  Nebraska," said Dena Beck with the Center for Rural Affairs' Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). "The purpose of the I&E Club is to bring people together to explore ideas, motivate, tap into each other's networks, and get educated."

According to Whipple, 49% of new jobs are created by I&E type of businesses, "But you can't win if you don't play."

The PK Partnership Inventor and Entrepreneur Club will alternate meeting locations between Minden and Holdrege. The next meeting will be held Monday, February 16, 6:00 PM in Holdrege at the Super 8 Motel, 420 Broadway Holdrege, NE. Monday, March 16 the I&E Club will return to the Minden Fire Hall.

For further information contact Dena Beck, 308-528-0060, denab@cfra.org

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