Successful Event Making a Comeback in 2009

MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success, the Center for Rural Affairs’ rural entrepreneurship event, will return for 2009, thanks to hugely successful conferences and tremendous participation in 2007 and 2008. This year MarketPlace will be held at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, Nebraska, on February 25, 2009.
Perhaps you already have a small business or have a great idea for a business, but just don't know where to start. You'll find the answer plus much more at MarketPlace.
Whether you are an entrepreneur, rancher, farmer, community developer, student or teacher, Marketplace will have something for everyone.
Participants will be able to peruse over 50 displays in the Exhibit Hall, learn from other small businesses and service providers, and network with one another. 
Tracks are being shaped for entrepreneurs with ideas for start-up businesses, established businesses, agricultural businesses, youth businesses, and a special track for Hispanic entrepreneurs with sessions conducted in Spanish. There will also be sessions covering technology topics, ideas for entrepreneurial communities, and practical rural policy perspectives. 
Maybe you have an idea for a session. Presenting at MarketPlace is a great way to share your knowledge with colleagues and gain exposure.

The 2009 conference will be an excellent opportunity for people to learn how entrepreneurship and innovation can help our rural communities thrive by focusing on proven rural strategies to build assets and create economic opportunities from within.
For more information contact: Joy Marshall,, or call (402) 614-5558. Or visit: as MarketPlace 2009 takes shape.

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