Entrepreneurship Week in Nebraska

Well, we made it. After a full year of preparations, Marketplace (www.marketplace.org) has finally arrived. We have reached our goal of 500 registered participants. And so, on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 the Center for Rural Affairs will host the first of its kind in Nebraska entrepreneurship event in Kearney.

But this entire week is about entrepreneurship in Nebraska. Recently Governor Dave Heineman declared this week as Nebraska Entrepreneurship Week. It is also Entrepreneurship Week across the nation, thanks to a declaration by Congress for which former Representative Tom Osborne provided crucial support.

Entrepreneurship is vital to Nebraska’s growth and prosperity. Most of the new jobs created throughout the United States in the past decade have come from the creative efforts of entrepreneurs and small businesses.

More than 70% of young Americans envision starting a business or doing something entrepreneurial as adults.

Encouraging youth to be excited about entrepreneurship and working to expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes of Nebraska’s youth and adults to be successful entrepreneurs are crucial to the long-term growth of local communities, the state and the nation.

Too many rural communities are forced to accept out-migration and too many rural residents face a choice to move or settle for low wage jobs and making long commutes for work. Entrepreneurship is a solution to these challenges.

It is also the strategy that has the capacity to bring back young people – including those who obtain higher education.

For more information visit: www.cfra.org.

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Contact John Crabtree, johnc@cfra.org or 402.687.2103 x 1010 or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org or 402.687.2103 x 1007 for more information.

The Center for Rural Affairs is a private nonprofit specializing in strengthening small businesses, rural communities, and family farms and ranches.

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