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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
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
What's New in 2013?
The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) has announced five (5) recipients of Research and Engagement Grants and six (6) recipients of Teaching and Engagement Grants beginning 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 into 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:
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. Please visit our newly constructed page for more information.
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 espouses 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 PartnershipsMarket Research Program
Community Research Projects Kay Payne Case Competition
Community PartnershipsBaldwin Free Enterprise Lecture SeriesNebraska State Agency Director Series Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program Global PartnershipsBusiness and International Education Grant International Business MinorInternational Business Internship ProgramCertified Global Business ProfessionalGlobal Scholars Seminar Series
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