MarkeTech 2022 Request for Presentations

MarkeTech 2022 Request for Presentations

Request for Presentations are OPEN for the 2022 MarkeTech Conference

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Request for Presentations are OPEN for the 2022 MarkeTech Conference

 

Kearney, Neb. – GROW Nebraska builds a compelling annual event called MarkeTech featuring speakers with a wide range of marketing and technology expertise to give attendees access to the best education, increasing their bottom line. MarkeTech doesn’t stop there! It’s more than a conference; its cutting-edge training, valuable networking, and a technology showcase.

 

The review team seeks educational presentations that focus on real-life submissions with the primary focus on marketing, and technology, thus the name MarkeTech. The event starts with a pre-conference training on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, then a fun-filled extravaganza to various Nebraska breweries in Kearney, NE.  Wednesday, June 22, 2022, will be packed with educational sessions and a lively new addition where pre-selected business owners present their products to Whole Foods and Russ’s Market.

 

Submit your presentation proposal no later than Friday, January 21, 2022.

Click the link to apply.

https://grownebraska.wufoo.com/forms/m2lfs5m0o6unw3/

The selection team will announce the chosen topics on Friday, February 4.

 

Need more information, call Joy Marshall at 402-614-5558 or email her at [email protected] with any questions you may have.

 

 

About GROW Nebraska

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, its vision and mission has never wavered: to create viable economic development through business training, technical assistance, promotion and access to markets. The Foundation creates impactful opportunities for small business owners and entrepreneurs to live in “Anywhere”, Nebraska and make a sustainable living.

GROW Nebraska works with its clients to meet them where they are and move them towards their personal goals. Its services include training and technical assistance through many avenues: workshops (in-person and virtual), streamed and archived educational training opportunities, one-on-one technical assistance and an annual marketing conference, MarkeTech.

Learn more at GROWNebraska.org.

Senator Deb Fischer visits the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

Senator Deb Fischer visits the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

Senator Deb Fischer visits the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

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Omaha, NE – Recently the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center had a special guest visit from Senator Deb Fischer. The opening of the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center was a dream come true for the GROW Nebraska Foundation. Janell Anderson Ehrke of GROW Nebraska, BC Clark of the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center and Heather Nelson Entrepreneur Consultant started meeting and having phone calls about the need for Omaha to have a Women’s Business Center. “Other states around Nebraska had two Women’s Business Centers so we started to inquire to the Nebraska District SBA office and former director Leon Milobar and his staff were extremely helpful.”  Janell Anderson Ehrke CEO of GROW Nebraska. Once we had our strategic plan ready one of our first calls was to Senator Deb Fischer’s office. Senator Fischer and her staff were incredibly supportive.

 

In the last fourteen months the SBA has awarded us to open a Women’s Business Office, hired an extremely capable director and BC Clark stepped forward to serve as our program director. We opened an office in the Empowerment Village, put together a board for the GNWBC and recently we added to our team Eden Butler our new client coordinator. It has been a whirl wind, but the GROW Nebraska Foundation board is thrilled with the progress and impact the GNWBC is making.  Having Senator Fischer stop by and see our progress was so exciting.    

 

Senator Deb Fischer is committed to seeing small business owners receive access to the resources needed to not only keep their doors open, but to also help them grow! Candice Price the director of the GROW Nebraska Business Center along with team member BC Clark and Eden Butler “We greatly appreciate the time given and interest shown in upcoming programming and being instrumental in the formation of the GNWBC!”

 

About the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

The GROW Nebraska Foundation launched the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) in the Omaha Metro area in 2021 with the goal of offering support, training, and networking in an efficient and affordable manner to entrepreneurs that otherwise lack the resources and ability to access needed services. Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the GNWBC is a coordinated effort among the Nebraska Enterprise Fund and Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center that allows each organization to exude its strengths and make the GNWBC a “one-stop” coordinated program that allows small business owners to grow and learn, enhancing the local workforce with job creation, business skills, and business growth. 

Little Town Gardens/Farmers Market 365

Little Town Gardens/Farmers Market 365

Little Town Gardens/Farmers Market 365

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At GROW Nebraska, we love watching our members enjoy success while lifting up other entrepreneurs in the process. GROW member Little Town Gardens is doing exactly that with their Farmers Market 365 program.

 

What began as an effort to grow and sell produce through the winter has turned into a collaborative business between local growers and producers to provide a practical, necessary service. 

Candi Benge, owner of Little Town Gardens in Pleasanton, is the original force behind Farmers Market 365. “It just kind of organically happened,” she told us. “My husband and I were trying to grow year-round in the dirt for the first time. We have an aquaponic system in our greenhouse and have greens growing year round. As I had vegetables ready throughout the winter time, I was sending text messages to my regulars from the farmers market to see if they wanted any of it. Then I would harvest it and take it with me when I went into town for church.”

 

 

This system worked well for a while, but this project was destined to grow! One of those customers made the comment that they wished there was a way to find information about local producers and meat providers. The customers were new to town, and had no easy way to find them. 

 

“It planted the seed,” said Candi. “I just got a hold of the other vendors that I knew from the market, and said ‘Hey, I’m delivering veggies every week, would you like to see if any of my customers would like to buy your bread, eggs, Wagyu beef?’” 

 

Unsurprisingly, the vendors said “Well sure, thanks!”

 

From there, this informal delivery system began to build into something bigger. 

 

“A dear woman from Cairo, she owns the Medina Street Vault coffee shop, and already had a winter vegetable community going on. She would put together bountiful baskets and had gotten some veggies from me in the past.” 

 

When Candi told her about what she was trying to do, her friend said, “Honey, let me help you with that!” 

 

“She made the Google order form for me,” Said Candi, “and taught me how to use and administrate it. And that’s how 365 was born; I did it DIY for a year and a half.” 

 

This last summer, Candi asked the other vendors at the Kearney Area Farmers Market how they felt about creating an online farmers market. The interest was encouraging, and Candi now has a little more help in keeping things running. 

 

Shoppers can visit the Farmers Market 365 website to browse what’s available, and fill out the order form that is open Friday through Tuesday. 

 

When asked what she really wanted people to know, Candi told us, “I would love for everybody to understand that we are a community of people who are trying to serve our community. But there’s plenty of room for other people to get involved. People could admin, could help with marketing. We don’t want it to be exclusionary at all. We want it to include anybody who would like to be involved. We’re really blessed with a large variety of customers and producers, and I hope that we can get more.”

Story by Lauren Bonk, owner of the Curtain and Pen Copywriting Services, a GROW Nebraska member. Lauren hails from Kearney, NE, where she works as a freelance copywriter for small businesses, startups, and even larger corporate entities in need of professionally-written marketing content for their businesses and organizations. 

Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center Holds Masquerade Ball and Auction

Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center Holds Masquerade Ball and Auction

Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center Holds Masquerade Ball and Auction

 

We’re excited to share information about the upcoming Masquerade Ball and Auction being held by the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center (MOWBC) on Saturday, January 22, 2022 @ 5:30 pm – 11:30 pm CST!

 

This Masquerade Ball will be held as a way to both celebrate the incredible women entrepreneurs in our state and the Omaha metro area, and to provide support for more up-and-coming women trying to carve a niche in their industries. 

 

This ball is the premier annual event for the MOWBC, an organization founded by BC Clark in 2008 to support professional women and women-owned businesses in the Omaha metro area. Over the past 13 years, the MOWBC has helped over 5,500 women move closer toward achieving their career goals.

 

The tenth annual MOWBC Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022  at 5:30 pm at the Redfield Building in Omaha. The night is sure to be a fun one, with dinner, a silent auction, entertainment, music by the Young Timers, and the main event — the presentation of grant awards to selected women entrepreneurs from our community. 

 

To register or learn more about the event, please visit the registration page here. 

 

GROW Nebraska is thrilled to partner with the MOWBC, and enduringly proud of the support and hope this organization has provided.

 

About the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

The GROW Nebraska Foundation launched the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) in the Omaha Metro area in 2021 with the goal of offering support, training, and networking in an efficient and affordable manner to entrepreneurs that otherwise lack the resources and ability to access needed services. 

Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the GNWBC is a coordinated effort among the Nebraska Enterprise Fund and Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center that allows each organization to exude its strengths and make the GNWBC a “one-stop” coordinated program that allows small business owners to grow and learn, enhancing the local workforce with job creation, business skills, and business growth. 

 

An Example in Service: Veteran Roofing

An Example in Service: Veteran Roofing

An Example in Service: Veteran Roofing 

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This month, in honor of Veteran’s Day, we’re excited to highlight GROW Nebraska member Veteran Roofing!

Originally founded in 2014 as Veterans 4 Veterans Construction, and rebranded as Veteran Roofing in 2021, this company has spent the last seven years providing high-quality roofing and construction services to customers in central Nebraska. 

But, as one of their commercials proudly tells us, “It’s more than just a roof.”

Founder John Larson comes from a family of extensive community and military service. Having served for 10 years in the Army Reserves — including a combat deployment to the 1991 Gulf War with his Military Police unit — John wanted his company to focus heavily on financially supporting veteran nonprofits and charities. The concept, “veterans serving veterans,” has been the driving mission of the company since its inception. 

“The biggest thing is the mission,” said Larson. “Using our company profits to donate to veteran causes and charities. That’s the focus; that’s been the mission since 2014.”

Larson, who has over 15 years of experience as an insurance adjuster for storm-related damage to people’s homes, found his inspiration from traveling to storm-damaged areas for work. After seeing how much money went into the local economy and construction companies during disaster recovery efforts, he began to dream about the positive effect those funds could have on the veteran community, if even just 1% of it could be put toward charities or nonprofits. Currently, Veteran Roofing & Construction has a goal of donating 10% of its net profits annually to these organizations.

In 2021, John attended the GROW Nebraska Marketech Conference, where he, after discussions with other attendees, realized that it might be a good idea to rebrand his company. GROW Nebraska helped John come to the decision that it would be more beneficial to rebrand and change the name to something more specific to the type of work the company does.

With a focus on roofing and siding, Veterans 4 Veterans Construction was rebranded to Veteran Roofing. 

We’re proud to have Veteran Roofing as part of GROW Nebraska, and continue to be in awe of the company’s dedication to their mission and service to the community. We want to send out a big thank you! to John and the rest of Veteran Roofing — we can’t wait to see what a difference you’ll make!

Story by Lauren Bonk, owner of the Curtain and Pen Copywriting Services, a GROW Nebraska member. Lauren hails from Kearney, NE, where she works as a freelance copywriter for small businesses, startups, and even larger corporate entities in need of professionally-written marketing content for their businesses and organizations. 

GROW Nebraska Women’s business center hires Eden Butler as new client coordinator/office assistant

GROW Nebraska Women’s business center hires Eden Butler as new client coordinator/office assistant

GROW Nebraska Women’s business center hires Eden Butler as new client coordinator/office assistant

OMAHA – The GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) is pleased to announce it will continue to expand services through the hiring of a new client coordinator/office assistant. 

Eden Butler joined the GNWBC team on Oct. 12, bringing years of experience in both administration and marketing to the position.

We couldn’t be happier to have her at the WBC,” said GNWBC Director Candice Price. “She comes from a background of working with women lead organizations and is skilled in assisting business growth through branding and marketing.” 

This new role was created to support the Women Business Center’s administrative needs, including market outreach, client coordination, office supply management, records management. As the client coordinator, Butler will work with clients for registration, enrollment, and coordination of participation in programs.

Born and raised in Tulsa, OK, Eden Butler is the CEO and Graphic Designer at Phoenix Under Fire, LLC, a branding and advertising agency that has served multiple small businesses and nonprofit organizations nationwide. Phoenix Under Fire has worked with establishments such as Nebraska Democratic Party, Nebraska Douglas County Democrats, Nebraska Enterprise Fund, Omaha NAACP, and Royal Caribbean International.

Most recently, Butler also worked as an administrative assistant for Big Mama’s Kitchen and Catering, who is also a GNWBC client. Her resume also includes work as a marketing coordinator and administrative assistant for other organizations.

Butler attended Tulsa Community College from 2005-2009, studying Music and Business Management.

“The GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center has stirred up an overwhelming interest from entrepreneurs in the Omaha area this year,” said GROW Nebraska CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke. “By adding Eden to the team, we’ll be able to help even more current and aspiring small business owners achieve their dreams.” 

About the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center

The GROW Nebraska Foundation launched the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) in the Omaha Metro area in 2021 with the goal of offering support, training, and networking in an efficient and affordable manner to entrepreneurs that otherwise lack the resources and ability to access needed services. 

Powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the GNWBC is a coordinated effort among the Nebraska Enterprise Fund and Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center that allows each organization to exude its strengths and make the GNWBC a “one-stop” coordinated program that allows small business owners to grow and learn, enhancing the local workforce with job creation, business skills, and business growth.