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The Center for Rural Research and Development (CRRD) creates, facilitates, and partners with other organizations to offer multiple networking and mentoring events year-round so Nebraska Entrepreneurs can share ideas, contacts, and resources. The CRRD supports entrepreneurs through the following three focus areas: education, mentoring and networking, market research.
UNK's Program for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the CRRD espouses the grow-your-own philosophy of economic development, known as Economic Gardening. According to a recent presentation by Bo Fishback of the Kauffman Foundation, two of the most misunderstood and under-valued concepts essential to entrepreneurship include markets and networks. CRRD provides direct service to entrepreneurs and start-ups in the form of general business counseling and primary market research.
The CRRD regularly presents at meetings and conferences aimed at equipping entrepreneurs and business resource providers with knowledge of and materials for various economic gardening strategies. Most recently, Shawn Kaskie presented a Pre-Conference session at the Nebraska Economic Developers Association Spring Conference on how to conduct business feasibility (analysis) research. The PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded here.
Business Building Opportunities
Business Plan Competition
Business Idea Contest
Baldwin Free Enterprise Seminar Series
Wells Fargo Seminar Series
Nebraska State Agency Director Series
Mentoring and Networking Resources
With the help of our regional resources partners, entrepreneurs have access to a number of mentoring and networking opportunities across Central Nebraska. Those partners are:
Guiding Principals for Entrepreneurs by Scott Molander:
The Investor's Business Daily 10 Secrets to Success: