Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week

Next week, February 21 - 28, 2009, is National Entrepreneurship Week.
The last two years the Center for Rural Affairs has held MarketPlace, an entrepreneurial conference, during this national week celebrating the importance of entrepreneurs.

This year the Center will host MarketPlace in North Plate, NE at the Sandhills Convention Center on Wednesday, February 25, 2009.

MarketPlace focuses on the role of entrepreneurship in revitalizing rural communities.

Entrepreneurship is a driving force of the U.S. economy. During the past 15 years, businesses less than five years old have accounted for about 70 percent of the net job creation in the United States. More Americans in the future will need to be generating more ideas and better innovations if the United States is to stay ahead of the large populations of educated citizens in emerging and globally savvy economies.

We hope you are planning to attend MarketPlace and learn from speakers, presenters and exhibitors. There's ample time to network with other entrepreneurs and community leaders. They can share stories about their efforts to create genuine economic opportunity in rural Nebraska, stories you can take home and build on.

A host of other entrepreneur opportunities are available through the Center for Rural Affairs, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, USDA Rural Development, Small Business Administration and others. Many of these will be on exhibit at the conference. If you want to find out more about Marketplace, Entrepreneurship Week and other rural community development opportunities call (402-687-2100) or visit: http://www.cfra.org/marketplace/home.

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