Center For Rural Research & Development

UNK's Entrepreneurship and Rural Development Outreach Center

Could your business use an analysis of how a future product will perform in the market?
Have you struggled with really understanding or reaching your customers?
Does your community really understand the needs and wants of its residents? 
Call 308-865-8199 for more information and a FREE initial consultation, including a customized, professional research design plan!

Upcoming Events

2014 Biz Kidz Entrepreneurship Camp

CRRD will partner once again with Janita Pavelka, award winning Youth Entrepreneurship Educator from Holdrege, and the Nebraska Extension ESI program to bring back a 4-day Middle School summer camp focused on entrepreneurial skill building. Courtney Mahoney at the Biz Kidz Expo 2013

This camp will take place on the UNK campus August 4th – 7th (Monday through Thursday mornings). Participants will create a business and have the opportunity to sell their goods and make some real money. Last year, the 12 campers sold over $600 in 2 hours. It is sure to get your child or student excited about business in a fun and interactive environment complete with guest speakers. The final sale event, or Expo, will be Downtown Kearney-On the Bricks on Saturday, August 9 from Noon-3. Turn your passion into a real life business this summer!

Click Here: More Biz Kidz Camp Info

Central Nebraska Business Idea Contest

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 27th @ 5PMBusiness Idea Contest Event: Wednesday, November 19th @ 7PMClick Here: More Business Idea Contest Info

New Venture Adventure (NVA)

Entrepreneurial Experience for High School Students.  Reserve your high school's spot by September 12th by sending an email to emailcrrd@unk.edu.  The NVA event will be held in the UNK Nebraska Student Union on Thursday, October 9th and will start with check-in at 8:30 AM.  This is an Enactus sponsored event.  

What's New?

Enactus Achievements

Congratulations to the UNK Enactus Team for bringing home two trophies at the National Expo during the first week of April!
 

Innovative Entrepreneur Advice

Allen Groenke

UNK now has our own Entrepreneur In Resident (EIR). In 2013 Allen Groenke, a patent attorney and engineer, was added to the CRRD team.  Allen’s role is to identify and consult with startup companies and entrepreneurs to prepare venture concepts for commercialization.  He also conducts preliminary market research in preparation for investment milestones.

Contact Allen Groenke at 865-8159 to ask how he can help.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI)

RFI has announced five (5) recipients of Research and Engagement Grants and six (6) recipients of Teaching and Engagement Grants in February, 2013.
The CRRD Director, Shawn Kaskie, is the Principle Investigator on one of those successful applications for a project called "Rural Sourcing"

Rural Sourcing relates to existing and start-up companies strategically locating operations in rural areas to reduce labor costs and increase employee reliability.  This project aims to expand on a successful "cross-sourcing" model used by the existing software company, Xpanxion, and will modify it to recruit University of Nebraska alumni back to rural Nebraska in targeted professional service occupations.  The first phase of this project will build on existing research exploring the lifestyle expectations and career preferences of alumni who have moved out of state.  Additional case study research seeks to understand the process and motivation for alumni who have moved back to rural Nebraska and are employed in these occupations.  Data collected from phase one will direct the strategies of communication and education for alumni who have opted to receive information related to current job openings or assistance for starting or buying a business in rural areas.
 
For a Link to the new Rural Sourcing homepage: Click Here  
 

Rapid Prototyping

Did you know? Rapid Prototyping can be done at UNK!
Prototype Picture
UNK is here to help with your prototyping needs! Businesses of all sizes and shapes....no pun intended......can use this great technology to build a model, or even a fully-functional part, for concept development, sales or testing of fit and function.
For a Link to Rapid Prototyping: Click Here 

UNK Entrepreneurship Center

The Center for Rural Research and Development (CRRD) is now the University's Entrepreneurship Center, which includes International Entrepreneurship; it was restructured during early 2007. 
By combining two programs,  Entrepreneurship & Innovation and  Business & International Education, under one director in one office
(Center for Rural Research and Development) the University has increased its ability to respond to the education and training needs of business owners in rural Nebraska and doing business in a global marketplace.  
The mission of the Center for Rural Research and Development focuses on empowering the region's residents to seek avenues of rural economic development by building entrepreneurial and professional capacity, and by encouraging creative thinking about the economic growth of our region. The center promotes the "grow-your-own" philosophy of economic development, known as economic gardening, as well as other approaches to economic and business development.
The center focuses on outreach efforts, offering a portfolio of innovative programs and initiatives for various constituencies.
These programs are organized into three areas: university, community, and global partnerships.
 
University Partnerships
  • This link provides a presentation of highlights of a recent study on Rural Retail Success
  • Attention NEF/Beatrice Chamber forum attendees: Here's the link for the lunch presentation by Shawn Kaskie on November 30, 2010

Community Partnerships
Baldwin Free Enterprise Lecture Series

Global Partnerships
Certified Global Business Professional

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Shawn Kaskie, Director Jessica Hinrichs
Shawn Kaskie

Director

Phone: 308-865-8135
Email: kaskiesc@unk.edu  

Jessica Hinrichs

Administrative Specialist

Phone: 308-865-8199
Email: hinrichsj2@unk.edu