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Winners of the 3rd Annual Central NE Business Idea Contest
Miller, Colleen Rickard and Maggie Arlt take top honors, prizes
The Chicken Coop
in downtown Kearney was the place to be Nov. 13, 2013 where 9 top contenders
showcased their business ideas. New inventions, IT, retail, service and
food/restaurant ideas took center stage and the idea developers took questions
from the "Sharks". The 2-minute video submitted previously was
shown and each contestant was subjected to a 3 minute question and answer
session. After hearing from all 9 finalists, the "Sharks"
deliberated and delivered their top 3.
As members of the Top 3, Doug Miller with his
automatic irrigation shutoff, Colleen Rickard with her Easy-C-Clean and UNK
student Maggie Arlt were each given 1 minute to further describe their
product/service and ask for votes. The audience then did their part by casting
their ballots for one of the Top 3. After tallying the votes, the winners
were announced. Doug Miller received first place and the $1000 prize,
Colleen Rickard placed second with a $500 prize, and Maggie Arlt, third with a
Doug Miller's automatic irrigation shutoff will
save valuable water and money when it rains and irrigation is not needed.
The device will automatically shutoff the irrigation when a predetermined
amount of rain has fallen. Miller thanks his wife and kids for pushing
him to enter. He wasn't going to do it, but now has other ideas he may
enter in coming years.
Colleen Rickard's invention allows parents with
children on nebulizers the opportunity to spend more valuable time with their
children, shortening the 1 1/2 hour chore of sterilizing the tubes, etc. Her
device allows any one including C-pap users, to put the tube, mask into a box
with an ultraviolet light that will sterilize it in about 3 minutes.
Maggie Arlt's plan to offer individual soccer
training took third prize. She would like to offer one on one training with
"an experienced, invested coach who gives them the instruction, skills,
confidence and dedication they need to improve and succeed, while at the same
time having fun and seeing themselves get better."
Thirty-nine entries were submitted in late October
for the Central Nebraska Business Idea Contest sponsored by UNK's Center for
Rural Research and Development, Buffalo County Economic Development, UNK
College of Business and Technology, and Invest Nebraska Corporation. Five
judges representing the five divisions the initial entries were divided into,
narrowed the field to the Top 10, who were invited to attend the Live Event.
One finalist was unable to attend and the alternate could not be reached.
The event was emceed by Leslie Means, a previous
Business Plan Competition winner, and Shawn Kaskie, Director of the UNK Center
for Rural Research and Development.
Here's a way your new or growing business can get exposure and $$!
Does your community have projects it wants to do? Do you want to pursue Federal funding assistance? We can help with the process.
Our "Economic Gardening" Program, aimed at helping you succeed
A forum to discover and disseminate new market research knowledge and skills
Free Market Research Resources
Our collection of memories, available to you
International Business and Entrepreneurship related progamming
Enactus Team-formerly known as SIFE is a student organization that empowers individuals and groups through community and campus projects
Business Succession Workshop
with Frank Haverkamp
Sunbelt Business Advisors
Watch the archived video here.
Windows Media Player required for both videos-download the software here.
What's going to happen to your store or service when you decide to retire or move on? If you just hang out the "closed" sign, you lose the chance to get a return on the investment you made in building your business and - worse from a community's point of view - that community is left with a hole where your business used to be. At this workshop, you will have a chance to listen and ask questions about how to begin or continue planning for your business when you decide to retire or move on.
Additional information on Business Succession topics is available through the Nebraska Business Development Center on the UNK Campus.
(This page has been made available to the program partners by the Center for Rural Research and Development)
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