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
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!
Join us for our 5th Annual Biz Kidz ESI Camp!
Registration Deadline for the 2016 Biz Kidz ESI Camp is Monday, July 18th!
Application can be found by clicking here
Complete and mail the form with your payment to:
Attn: Aliese Hoffman
1917 W 24th St. WSTC 125E
Kearney, NE 68849
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.
(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.
- 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
The Rural Futures Institute Competitive Awards Program connects partners, campuses and communities. Awards are designed to provide seed funding in the areas of 1) Teaching and Engagement and 2) Research and Engagement. Funded projects foster the discovery of new opportunities and the development of innovative solutions to challenges facing rural people and places.
2016 RFI Competitive Awards Proposals Accepted to receive funding include:
1. Research & Engagement
Identifying the Interrelationships Between Social Determinants, Self-identity, and Public Health in Minority Rural Communities: Photovoice + Random Spatial Sampling Survey
Enhancing Nebraska's Ecotourism Industry
Rural Prosperity Research Project
Raising Awareness of Health Professionals Education Among Rural Nebraska Latino Youth
2. Teaching & Engagement
Facilitating the Implementation of Social Media Plans for Small Businesses & Local Non-Profits through Service Learning at UNK
Art at Cedar Point
Minority Health Disparities Initiative (MHDI): Youth Are Rural Health Program (YouRhealth)
Understanding Hispanics and Sense of Community in Rural Nebraska
CEEM Project: A New Community Engagement Education Model
3. Special Projects
Collaborative Capacity Building in Rural Nebraska Schools via Technology
For more information on the accepted proposals, visit the 2016 RFI Competitive Awards page.
Did you know? Rapid Prototyping can be done at UNK!
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.
6th Annual Central Nebraska Business Idea Contest
Idea Submission Deadline: Monday, October 31 at 4:00 pm
Live Event: Wednesday, November 16 in Downtown Kearney
Enter your idea in one of the 5 business categories:
- Food Service
- Information Technology
- General Services
For more information about how to enter, go to our Business Idea Contest page!
Check out the links below to view the news coverage of the 2015 5th Annual Business Idea Contest Live Event.
Kearney Hub News Article
NTV News Coverage
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