The Future of Our Communities is in Our Hands

Entrepreneurship and microenterprise are crucial to the future of rural communities throughout America, and especially here in Nebraska. That is why we put so much effort into growing and expanding Marketplace, the entrepreneurial development fair that we hosted in early 2007 and are hosting again this winter.
The Center for Rural Affairs’ recent report on microenterprise ( found that industrial business recruitment does not meet the needs of many rural communities; entrepreneurship is a model that better serves rural people and rural places. Marketplace provides an opportunity for rural people from across the region to come together and share the spark of innovation and entrepreneurship that can revitalize rural small businesses and entire rural communities if given the chance.  Marketplace provides information and training for everyone involved in community development, from those who are starting their own business, to lenders, developers, public officials and others who want to help them.  And it’s a great place to find a fresh idea, or perhaps some guidance from someone who has already been down the road you are on now.

This year MarketPlace will be held in Columbus at the New World Inn on Wednesday, February 27, 2008. It will again offer teach-ins focusing on financing, marketing, community capacity, innovative agricultural opportunities, small business development and public policy.

Last year individuals from 73 of Nebraska’s 94 counties attended MarketPlace.  Was someone from your county and community there? 

Register now ( and be on your way to facilitating and nurturing the growth of your community!


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