MarketPlace Entrepreneurial Conference Returning for 2009

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Joy Marshall,, Phone: (402) 614-5558
Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs will host the third annual conference, Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success, which will focus on building jobs and the rural economy from within. It will be held at the SandhillsConvention Center in North Platte, Nebraska on Wednesday, February 25, 2009. Early bird registration ends February 11, so those interested should not hesitate.
"Entrepreneurship and small businesses are a major part of Nebraska's economy and especially important during times of economic hardships," said Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs. "Marketplace is for those committed to creating their own opportunities and shaping their own destiny through entrepreneurship.  It offers a space to share ideas and learn from each other."

Small business development drives job growth and economic development in rural areas. The conference will offer training, networking, and professional development opportunities for startup and existing small businesses, service providers, rural communities, and family farmers and ranchers.

MarketPlace will feature up to 50 booths filled with successful small businesses, service providers, and other conference sponsors. Attendees will be able to meet with experts in many fields - attorneys, CPA's, web designers, etc. - who will be available throughout the day to answer participant questions.

MarketPlace educational tracks include Business Development, Finance, Marketing, Community Development, Agriculture, Technology, Youth, Policy and Hispanic Entrepreneurship (with sessions available in Spanish). Entrepreneurs with ideas for start-up businesses, established businesses, agricultural businesses, and youth businesses will find topics of interest. There will also be sessions covering ideas for entrepreneurial communities, and practical rural policy perspectives.

Three pre-conference sessions are also being offered this year on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24 at Mid-Plains Community College. These focus on marketing, media, and promotion; think tanks and incubators for a community; and intellectual property.

For more information on MarketPlace or to register: . Or contact Joy Marshall,, (402) 614- 5558.

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