Conference a True Success

Despite last week's impending blizzard, over 500 people gathered on February 28th in Kearney for the Center for Rural Affairs' Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success; the first entrepreneurship conference of its kind in Nebraska and surrounding states.

Attendees of all ages were present from ten states including Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, Utah, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and over 134 Nebraska communities. People from Canada where also there!

“I really enjoyed Wednesday’s conference, my two sons, Ryan and Garret, got just as much out of it as I did,” commented Rebecka Fleischman, Tekamah, Nebraska. “We hope you continue it in the future.”

Whether looking to improve your farming operation, interested in expanding a home based business, or community development, MarketPlace had something for everyone.

“The Marketplace Conference illustrates a couple of important points for rural Nebraska. First, when you can bring 500 people together to focus on rural entrepreneurship it shows a mobilized citizenship. Rural Nebraska is ready for the next step into the future. Second, the diversity of agencies, non-profit organizations and rural business owners highlights how rural Nebraskans are working together to create a positive future for themselves and their children. I sincerely left the conference motivated and energized after seeing the existing successes and thinking about all of the possibilities,” commented Dr. John C. Allen, Director, Western Rural Development Center, Utah State University, former UNL Director of the Center for Applied Rural Innovation and featured speaker at the conference.

If you missed the conference this year make sure to attend next year.

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Contact John Crabtree, or 402.687.2103 x 1010 or Elisha Smith, 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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