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Friday, December 15, 2006

MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success

MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success

The First of Its Kind in Nebraska

By Marie Powell,, Center for Rural Affairs

Nebraskans have an incredible opportunity to learn new skills, network with successful entrepreneurs and discover new ideas for their small businesses and communities.

The Center for Rural Affairs is sponsoring the first of its kind in the state: MarketPlace: Opening Doors to Success, a new one-day event. The conference will occur on Wednesday, February 28, 2007 at the Ramada Inn in Kearney, Nebraska.

This event is modeled after the highly successful Marketplace of Entrepreneurs held annually in North Dakota and credited with bringing new jobs and employment there.

The Nebraska event will have teach-ins arranged in six different tracks. Tracks include financing, marketing, business development, community capacity, agriculture, and policy and trends.

The program is filled with a wide variety of enticing sessions. Teach-ins will be offered on how the new farm bill affects rural development and conservation and beginning farmers. Rural tourism opportunities and the latest efforts in direct marketing will be looked at as well.

Experts on subjects such as taxes, accounting, legal issues, and technology will be available to answer questions one-on-one.

Terry Whipple, an energetic, inspirational entrepreneur will give a presentation and Chuck Hassebrook, the Center’s Executive Director, will share an inspirational address on rural America.

This is a great event to have in Nebraska. And for those interested in rural entrepreneurship, family farms and ranches, and rural communities this is a great opportunity, and they should strive to attend.

Agree? Disagree? Post a comment here or contact John Crabtree,

Center for Rural Affairs
Values. Worth. Action.


  • At 10:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Who is Terry Whipple? Is there any information about him anywhere?

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    The Institute for Rural America is a multi disciplinary organization of people who support the ideals embodied in rural Americans, their way of life, their values and philosophies. We value the strength of character found in those "rugged" individuals who carved out life on the fields and plains of our land. And we honor and respect the individual freedoms on which our country was built.costa rica fishing
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    We believe in the freedom and strength of the individual and the opportunities that can be created when individuals form working relationships and new business and organizational initiatives.


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