Scholarship Program Holds Success for GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Client Chelsea Hawkins

Scholarship Program Holds Success for GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Client Chelsea Hawkins

Scholarship Program Holds Success for GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Client Chelsea Hawkins

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center is happy to announce their client, Chelsea Hawkins has officially graduated from University of Nebraska at Omaha with a little help from the team!

 

Back in the Fall of 2021, Chelsea came to the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center to help officially launch her hair care company called Simply Soul. Simply Soul is known for selling hair masks right now however, they plan to grow and sell more products outside of just hair masks. Chelsea started this business hoping to help other people and give back knowing that the hair masks helped her with her overall hair and scalp health.

While in conversation, the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center discovered Chelsea was only a few credit hours away from graduating college. Because of various life situations and other financial obligations, she’d decided to put off completing her schooling to focus on work and family.

 

After hearing this, the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Team leaped into action to try and secure funding for Chelsea so she could finish school, acquire her degree, and set her up for success on every platform of life – not just as an entrepreneur but as a whole woman. Chelsea says when the team first reached out to her, she felt a lot of fear. Chelsea states, “I was afraid to fail, because it had been quite a bit of time since I last went and took a class.”

 

Even with this fear Chelsea persevered, thanks to the generous donation from local car dealership, Home Team Auto Sales and their scholarship program, Chelsea Hawkins has officially finished college and now has her bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts. She walked the stage on Saturday May 13th, 2022.

 

Chelsea states, “I am grateful for the GROW Nebraska’s Woman’s business center because it makes me feel encouraged that someone else like me has the opportunity to receive funding.”

 

Chelsea also has some of her best photography works on display at the Fabric Lab until the end of July, the display features the display features photos of Barbies portraying the 7 deadly sins and the nuances of love and friendship.

 

Congratulations to Chelsea! The GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center and GROW Nebraska Foundation is so proud of your courage and strength. May you always be a light and shining example of what happens when you never stop dreaming and put your vision into action. 

 

For more information on this check out The Women’s Business Center website, and view Chelsea’s products on her website here! 

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center: 

https://gnwbc.org/  

Simply Soul Social Media

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@simply.soul.haircare 

 

Article by Katee Daly & Eden Butler  

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

MarkeTech of Kearney to Teach Cottage Industries to Sell Like Fortune 500 Companies

MarkeTech of Kearney to Teach Cottage Industries to Sell Like Fortune 500 Companies

MarkeTech of Kearney to Teach Cottage Industries to Sell Like Fortune 500 Companies

KEARNEY — Understanding what customers really want is the key to success for any business, and the headliner for the MarkeTech 2022 conference later this month in Kearney will share strategies of the best marketing approaches.

 

Maria Elena Duron of Houston will kick off the June 21-22 event at the Younes Conference Center South. The annual conference was created to help Nebraska’s cottage industries learn effective ways to market their wares. However, MarkeTech now is attracting larger businesses — a testament to the effectiveness of what they’ve learned at the conference put on by GROW Nebraska.

“The thing I love about the internet is that it’s pretty much leveled the playing field. With internet, if you’re a savvy marketer you can look like a Fortune 500 company,” said Janell Anderson Erke, CEO of the nonprofit GROW Nebraska.

Anderson Erke said MarkeTech gives Nebraska entrepreneurs an opportunity to learn from some of the best in online marketing and sales.

“The speakers we bring are the kind that Nebraskans wouldn’t see unless they went to a national conference,” she said.

Duron, the headliner for the conference, is a digital marketing professional with more than 18 years of experience working to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online.

“The speakers we bring are the kind that Nebraskans wouldn’t see unless they went to a national conference,” she said.

Duron, the headliner for the conference, is a digital marketing professional with more than 18 years of experience working to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online.

In addition to Duron, participants in a panel discussion titled “All Big Businesses Start Small,” will be Donald Everett Jr. of Runza, Tanna Hanna from Allo, Marty Jarvis of Russ’s B&R, and Ray Ward of Ward Laboratories. During the panel these expert business leaders will talk through their biggest challenges, identify how to cultivate customer service, how to do more with less, and navigate eCommerce.

 

MarkeTech’ Resource Roundtable will feature experts who “know how to tap assistance” at the state level, organizers said. Participants will be Chuck Beck of the Nebraska Business Development Center, Kelly Gewecke of Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Jim Reiff of Nebraska Enterprise Fund, and Shawn Kaski of Rural Prosperity. Conference participants are invited to bring projects and ideas, or learn about what resources are available to them in Nebraska and surrounding areas.

Homegrown experts from Kearney also will share their expertise, including Lori Cody of Inspirata LLC., Cory Morris of Morris Better Bookkeeping, David Lano of Control Yours, and Martin Hobleman of Maverick Marketing.

Anderson Erke said GROW Nebraska is anticipating about 300 participants on June 21-22. That’s an increase compared to attendance in 2021, she said.

For more information about MarkeTech 2022 or to register, visit marketechconference.com.

Article by Mike Konz at the Kearney Hub to read this and more visit   https://kearneyhub.com/news/local/marketech-of-kearney-to-teach-cottage-industries-how-to-sell-like-fortune-500-companies/article_359fe08a-e28a-11ec-992b-e76bba817a81.html

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

Small Town Famous Expands to Grand Island

Small Town Famous Expands to Grand Island

Small Town Famous Expands to Grand Island

GROW Nebraska member Small Town Famous has officially expanded, opening its doors in a brand-new shop located in Grand Island. This expansion has been a long time coming for the couple Matt and Jacque Cranson. They started out their business in the basement of their home eleven years ago. Where they were slinging t-shirts and going to every event to sell those shirts. Not long after this, they opened their shop in Hastings Nebraska right off First Street. They saw the outpour of community support, with the first location helping them to decide on the new location which may not be the last shop they open.

Small Town Famous sells a variety of t-shirts for every school, and many unique designs as well such as a shirt sold in the Buy Nebraska store with the saying Never Lost a Tailgate.  They also have a variety of specialty gifts as well. They joined GROW Nebraska in July of 2018 at the state fair. “We have stayed because we love being a part of an organization that does such a good job of promoting Nebraska businesses.”

Expanding businesses in today’s economy is not an easy task to do. There are a lot of details that go into making it work. Knowing what location and what you want from that location is huge but knowing the people of the community definitely helps. Jacque Cranson states, “We saw an open building in downtown Grand Island and being from there I thought it was a good opportunity to try another location.”

With everyone switching to an online market, and so many things changing now, Small Town Famous prefers, what seems to be unique with an in person setting. Jacque Cranson states, “We prefer seeing people and meeting them face to face, verses online sales. It’s fun to see everyone and learn their stories. You don’t get that with an online store.”

Cranson states her advice for anyone wanting to grow or open a business, is to go for it! “We enjoy growing and setting goals and meeting those goals. It’s fun to keep challenging ourselves.”

GROW Nebraska is always excited when members have a success story like this, and we would like to send a big congratulations to Small Town Famous! Check out their new location at 301 W. Third St. in Grand Island, or shop their store online below!

 

https://shopstf.com/ 

Written by Katee Daly

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

What to expect at MarkeTech 2022

What to expect at MarkeTech 2022

What to Expect at MarkeTech 2022

MarkeTech 2022 is happening June 21-22 in Kearney at the Younes Conference Center South. This conference meshes marketing and technology into two days of engaging educational training, presentations, and networking opportunities for small and large businesses. Headliners for this year’s event include Whole Foods, Runza, Russ’ B & R, Allo, Ward Laboratories, Turner Technology, and more! Attendees will be able to choose from four tracks: Social Media and Marketing, Small Business Resources, Website and Google, and eCommerce.

Among the four tracks, MarkeTech will feature over 20 different speakers from across Nebraska and surrounding areas. Keynote speaker, Maria Elena Duron, will kick off the conference with her keynote session, Market in Moments. Duron is a digital marketing professional with over 18 years of experience working to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online. Maria helps both small and large businesses recognize where their customers spend time, how they make decisions, and how to identify best practices for customer conversions. She has over a dozen years of experience in international eCommerce, and has been highly recognized by the state of Texas and by the Grow with Google Program.

 

Along with Duron, Donald Everett Jr. of Runza, Tanna Hanna from Allo, Marty Jarvis of Russ’s B&R, and Ray Ward of Ward Laboratories will participate in a panel discussion titled: All Big Businesses Start Small. During the panel discussion these expert business leaders will talk through their biggest challenges, identify how to cultivate customer service, how to do more with less, and navigating eCommerce. 

In addition to the panel, MarkeTech will showcase a Resource Roundtable. The Resource Roundtable is a session that includes experts such as: Chuck Beck of the Nebraska Business Development Center, Kelly Gewecke of Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Jim Reiff of Nebraska Enterprise Fund, and Shawn Kaski of Rural Prosperity. They will share their resources, knowledge, and experience with conference attendees in a conversation-like format. Attendees are able to bring projects, ideas, or learn about what resources are available to them in Nebraska and surrounding areas.

Kearney locals will also be showcasing their expertise at MarkeTech including: Lori Cody of Inspirata, LLC., Cory Morris of Morris Better Bookkeeping, David Lano of Control Yours, and Martin Hobleman of Maverick Marketing. 

 

MarkeTech is a great opportunity to learn big while staying local. Learn from experts in the field and make incredible connections through networking opportunities offered throughout the conference. For more information about MarkeTech 2022 or to register, visit marketechconference.com.

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

Marketing Local Companies Through Technology

Marketing Local Companies Through Technology

Marketing Local Companies Through Technology

Baker's Candies Nebraska box

The 2022 MarkeTech conference will be held on June 21-22 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Nebraska. Readers of the Nebraska Rural Electric Association can receive a $50.00 discount by entering the code NREA22 at marketechconference.com. GROW Nebraska will bring in expert speakers, vendors, exhibitors, entrepreneurs, and businesses alike for the 12th annual MarkeTech Conference. The conference will be packed with hand-ons workshops and sessions geared to help business owners learn to grow, scale, and develop their business through marketing and technology. Keeping true to the purpose of MarkeTech, this conference will allow Nebraska’s business owners and surrounding states to have access to expert speakers at an affordable price, making it a national experience unlike no other. 

 

To kick off MarkeTech, Maria Elena Duron will return to Nebraska for the first time since 2018 to bring her wealth of knowledge in all aspects of digital initiatives for any sized business. Duron is a digital marketing professional with over 18 years of experience. She works to ensure that businesses understand their ideal customer and how to succeed online. Duron helps both small and large businesses recognize where their customers spend time, how they make decisions, and how to identify best practices for customer conversions

 

As an experienced speaker, Duron also has been awarded the Excellence in Small Business Award and Person of Vision award for the state of Texas by the Texas Governor’s office. Duron is recognized by the Grow with Google Program and certified to speak professionally with Google. 

 

“We are so excited to welcome Maria Elena Duron back to Nebraska to share her digital marketing expertise with Nebraska business owners and entrepreneurs. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to host a conference with big speakers that can share their experiences with our local communities across the state,” commented GROW Nebraska Founder and CEO, Janell Anderson Ehrke. 

 

During the keynote session, attendees will hear from Duron on how zero party data works with personalization, and why the concept is important for engaging customers. 

 

“If people don’t know you exist, they can’t do business with you,” comments Duron. A key point in her keynote session titled, “Market in Moments.” 

 

Attendees will also learn how to produce the best customer experiences to nurture conversions and analyze trends in customer engagement. Duron will also cover several other topics in sessions throughout the conference including Connections that Convert and Get your Local Business on Google Search and Maps. 

 

Other speakers from all over Nebraska will be in attendance offering their expertise in the industry including: Marty Jarvis of Russ’s Market stores, Donald Everett Jr. of Runza, Lori Cody of Inspirata, David Lano of Control Yours, and many more experienced marketing and technology professionals. 

 

Conference attendees can not only expect to gain the expert advice from speakers in marketing and technology, but also an experience like no other. MarkeTech is the only conference of its kind being offered in Nebraska, bringing in experienced individuals while staying local. Attendees will learn how to get into big box retailers like Whole Foods and Russ’s Market, benefit from networking opportunities, and have the ability to discover new vendors, as the exhibit hall will be jam-packed with goods and services for business owners and entrepreneurs to explore.

 

For more information about MarkeTech 2022 or to register, visit https://marketechconference.com/

 

Article as seen on Nebraska Magazine by Alyssa Wyant

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

GROW Nebraska Member Margie Trembley Chapeaux Makes Vogue

GROW Nebraska Member Margie Trembley Chapeaux Makes Vogue

GROW Nebraska Member Margie Trembley Chapeaux Makes Vogue

Baker's Candies Nebraska box

Not many people can say their local Nebraska products have made the Vogue website. However, GROW Nebraska member Margie Trembley can and she has with her business Margie Trembley Chapeaux. Where she makes many different custom derby style hats, and other art pieces.

Margie was featured on the Vogue website after a photographer from Vogue spotted her hat on a Nashville model at the Kentucky Derby.  That same hat was featured on the banner for Churchill Downs on their website promoting the Kentucky Oaks.  She was invited to have three hats at a boutique near Louisville, Kentucky this Derby Season.  Her hats are much sought after as her designs are one of a kind and quite unique.

She loves working one on one with her clients to create that special hat that they will be proud of. Each hat Margie has made is custom made to the individual ordering the hat, she starts by asking the customer questions of what they like. Margie states, “They are shown options using various embellishments. They select what colors they prefer and then I’m off and running so to speak.  The first run through may not be at all what I finish up with. The colors may even change, or the type of feathers or materials may change. Giving me creative license is an important part of what I ask my client.” Every hat is different on the time it takes to make it, it all depends on the order, but it could take weeks.

Margie and her husband retired, and this gave her some time to venture into working with wool. She studied with various felting instructors and created various things from felted flowers to felted vessels, to nuno felted scarves. From there she learned how to make a hat using wool and an embellishing machine and the rest is history.  She started taking professional millinery classes and has studied with some of the top instructors from around the world. She also joined the Milliners Guild based in NYC and because of that membership, she along with the other members, were invited to have their hats on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art two separate times and at the largest Fabric store in the Garment District. Her work was also in an exhibit at MONA.

Although Margie has made many hats her favorite piece is the one, she made for her husband while in class. She states “One of my favorite hats was one I created for Glenn in a class that I took from a Master Hatter. It is a lined 10 X beaver hat that he wears proudly.”

Congratulations to Margie on her success! Check out her website below!

http://www.margietrembleychapeaux.com/ 

About the GROW Nebraska® Foundation

The GROW Nebraska® Foundation helps entrepreneurs get the resources they need to live in Anywhere, NE and make a sustainable living. Since the inception of GROW Nebraska® in 1998 our vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion, and access to markets. We create impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.