MarketPlace is Big for Small Businesses in Nebraska

Rural Nebraska small business owners face many unique challenges - finance, business planning and training are among their chief concerns - according to the “2010 Small Business Needs Assessment” conducted by the Center for Rural Affairs. Respondents also indicated that marketing and advertising were areas where they believe training and assistance would improve small businesses.
Striving to address this need of Nebraska's entrepreneurs, the Center for Rural Affairs will again host MarketPlace, a unique 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. MarketPlace is placing special emphasis on marketing and advertising this year by featuring several marketing specialists that will offer their expertise to attendees.

Participants will learn tools and tips for effective online marketing, how to connect with customers online, increase sales, promote their product, and much more. They can also learn easy ways to implement marketing tactics that will strengthen relationships with current customers - and gain new ones. 

Conference sessions will also focus on technology, innovation, business development, finance, and social media.

For a customized one-on-one training experience, entrepreneurs can partake in RZ Bounce, occurring the afternoon before MarketPlace. This 15 minute Q&A session with a panel of business and marketing experts will provide entrepreneurs with specific knowledge and advice they can use to increase their business success.

MarketPlace is February 22 at the Ramada Convention Center in Kearney, Nebraska.  For more information visit: www.cfra.org/marketplace/registration-ne12.

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