MarketPlace Once Again a Huge Success

Over 550 people gathered in Columbus, Nebraska on February 27th, 2008 for the Center for Rural Affairs' second annual, Marketplace: Opening Doors to Success. It’s the only entrepreneurial conference of its kind in Nebraska and surrounding states.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, service providers, students, teachers, farmers, ranchers and many others of all ages took part. Participants came from over seven states including, California, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Over 72 counties and 129 towns were represented.

Whether interested in starting or improving a business, a farming operation, agri-tourism, or community development, MarketPlace had something for everyone.

There were over 28 training opportunities in 7 tracks including; business development, technology, financing, community, marketing, agriculture and Hispanic (with sessions available in Spanish).

Over 50 exhibit booths were filled with successful small businesses, service providers, and other conference sponsors. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with experts in many fields – attorneys, CPA’s, web designers, etc.

Rural America is facing many challenges. The purpose of MarketPlace is to address these challenges by creating connections and sharing information that people across rural America can use to create a better future for their communities, their families and themselves.

The 3rd Annual Marketplace Conference will be held on February 25, 2009 at the Sandhills Convention Center in North Platte, Nebraska.

Those who have an interest should keep their calendars open for that day and register early as this year spots filled up fast. 

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