Successful Conference Making a Comeback in 2008

Maybe you were one of the 500 people that participated in last years MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success rural entrepreneurship conference. If so, you will remember what a wonderful opportunity it was. But if you missed the event then you should make it a priority to attend this year’s conference!
The Center for Rural Affairs’ MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success will return for 2008, thanks to a hugely successful conference and tremendous participation in 2007. This year it will be held in the New World Inn in Columbus, Nebraska on February 27, 2008.

The 2008 conference will be an excellent opportunity for people to learn how entrepreneurship and innovation can help our rural communities thrive by focusing on proven rural strategies to build assets and create economic opportunities from within.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, rancher, farmer, community developer, student or teacher, Marketplace will have something for everyone.

Event participants will be able to peruse over 50 displays in the Exhibit Hall, learn from other small businesses and service providers, and network with one another.

Tracks are being shaped for entrepreneurs with ideas for start-up businesses, established businesses, agricultural businesses, youth businesses, and a special track for Hispanic entrepreneurs with sessions conducted in Spanish. There will also be sessions covering a host of technology topics, ideas for entrepreneurial communities, and practical rural policy perspectives.

For more information contact: Kathie Starkweather, or Monica Braun, Be sure to frequently check the web, as MarketPlace 2008 takes shape.


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