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Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit

October 29, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm


Hosted in York, NE by University of Nebraska Lincoln – the Entrepreneurship Best Practices Summit is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs looking for a an opportunity to share their business idea.

Agenda At-a-Glance
8:00 a.m.           Registration, Networking & Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m.           Conference Opening & Reminders: Marilyn Schlake, Net Force Nebraska Chair
​9:10 a.m.           Welcome, Lisa Hurley, York County Economic Development Corporation
9:15 a.m.           Opening Keynote:
The Total Makeover — Rethinking Business, Community and Home
Andrew McCrea, Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author and Oscar Winner in Radio & TV Broadcast
10:15 a.m.         Break
10:30 a.m.         Breakout Sessions #1
11:45 a.m.         Lunch & NET Force Award Presentations
12:45 p.m.         Can One Simple Idea Change Rural America for the Better? – Chais & Shawna Meyer, NESTWORK

1:15 p.m.           Break
1:30 p.m.           Breakout Sessions #2
2:30 p.m.           Break
2:45 p.m.           Big Idea Talks (variety of speakers) – moderated by Lisa Tschauner
3:55 p.m.           Wrap-up
4:00 p.m.           Business Pitches from University Students

Breakout #1 Sessions:
Youth Entrepreneurship Beyond Pitch Competition – Surin Kim and Maria De Guzman
Bringing Spice to Rural Communities – Sandra Barrera and Griselda Rendon
Don’t Waste a Good Crisis: One Community’s Ability to Overcome Workforce Obstacles – Paula Abbott and Melissa Norgard
Retaining Emerging Talent in Nebraska – Ashley Einspahr, Zack Kerner and Kylee Meyer
National Food Entrepreneur Program – Jill Gifford 

Big Idea Talks:
“Succeeding as a Female Entrepreneur in Nebraska” moderated by Lisa Tschauner
Sara Reyes SudmanFields Floral
Cheryl PowersJord Producers
Jessi Hoeft, Ensign Beverage

Breakout #2 Sessions:
Utilizing Events to Attract and Grow Your Business – Kristin Malek
Crafting Culture: Building Inclusive Communities for Craft-Based Entrepreneurship – Claire Nicholas and Surin Kim
Growing Our Own: Entrepreneurship Youth Education – Aliese Hoffman
The Nebraska Entrepreneurship Initiative: SourceLink & eCommunities – Connie Hancock and Harold Sargus
Redemptive Entrepreneurship: The Innovative RISE Reentry Program in Nebraska – Jeremy Bouman


October 29, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


University of Nebraska-Lincoln