Open the Doors to Success

Most Nebraska rural communities have something in common. They often have a shortage of jobs and lack young people moving into the area. Also, rural community residents and leaders, sometimes think that the answer to reviving main street is recruiting big business. But industry comes and goes, and it's not uncommon for a recruited business to abandon a community, leaving individuals jobless and the town in despair.
Rural Nebraska's growth and prosperity depend on entrepreneurship and microenterprise. Most of the new jobs created in rural America in the past decade have come from the creative efforts of entrepreneurs and small business.

To help Nebraskans take control of their own destiny, create businesses and build jobs, the Center for Rural Affairs is again hosting MarketPlace, a premier rural small business and entrepreneurship event now in its third year.

The MarketPlace conference is a one-day event focused on strengthening small businesses and rural communities. Participants will learn essential business skills, discover new ideas for businesses and communities, and network with service providers and other entrepreneurs. Attendees are guaranteed to come away from MarketPlace equipped with strategies on how to grow or start their own business.

The event takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Educational tracks include sessions on marketing, agriculture, business development, policy, community development, Hispanic entrepreneurship, and technology.  
 
For more information visit www.cfra.org/marketplace/home or contact Joy Marshall, joym@cfra.org or 402.614.5558.

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