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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

Enactus Nationals:
April 13th-April 15th (St. Louis, MO)
CRRD Advisory Council Meeting:
Friday, April 24th 10AM-12PM (WSTC 215E)
UNK’s Spring Commencement:
Friday, May 8th 10 AM (Health & Sports Center)

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI)

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!
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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.

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

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

Jessica Hinrichs
Jessica Hinrichs
Administrative Specialist
Phone: 308-865-8199
Email: hinrichsj2@unk.edu