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. 

May 18 | Tuesday Member Talks | Let’s Talk Saving Money with the Microenterprise Tax Credit

May 18 | Tuesday Member Talks | Let’s Talk Saving Money with the Microenterprise Tax Credit

May 18 | Tuesday Member Talks | Saving Money with the Microenterprise Tax Credit

DATE: Tuesday, May 18

TIME: 12:00 p.m. CT

Business financing and filing taxes are heavy topics, but GROW Nebraska is bringing in an expert to help what’s muddy become clearer.

Join this Member Talk with Revenue Educator Steve Drzaic of the Nebraska Department of Revenue and learn about Nebraska’s Mircoenterprise Tax Credit.

If you have specific questions before this session of Tuesday Member Talks, email Amanda at [email protected].

April 13 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

April 13 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

April 13 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Make Better Business Decisions with Analytics

DATE: Tuesday, April 13th

TIME: 2 p.m. CT

Learn best practices and analyze trends about how customers engage with your business online, then turn these insights into well-informed, actionable decisions.

In this session we’ll cover:

  • An introduction to Google Analytics
  • Creating and understanding reports
  • Making goals
  • Using Analytics with other Google tools

April 7 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Learn the Basics of Google Ads

April 7 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Learn the Basics of Google Ads

April 7 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Learn the Basics of Google Ads

DATE: Wednesday, April 7th

TIME: 11:30 a.m. CT

 In this workshop you will learn how to reach more customers and grow your business with Google Ads.

In this session we’ll talk about:

  • How to create an account and set up an ad campaign
  • How to write great ads, refine keywords, and include ad extensions
  • How to measure success

April 15 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Reach Customers Online with Google

April 15 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar | Reach Customers Online with Google

April 15 | Members-Only Training | Google Webinar |Reach Customers Online with Google

DATE: Thursday, April 15th

TIME: 11 a.m. CT

Learn how your business can be found online with Google. This workshop explains how Google Search works and how you can improve a website’s visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The session also introduces products like Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads, and more.

In this workshop we’ll discuss best practices for:

  • Improving your website’s visibility in Google’s organic search results, on all devices
  • Creating a free Google My Business listing
  • Advertising your business on Google

Don Macke Joins the GROW Nebraska Board

Don Macke Joins the GROW Nebraska Board

Don Macke Joins the GROW Nebraska Board

Don Macke

A Nebraskan with more than 40 years of experience in community economic development is the newest board member for the GROW Nebraska Foundation.

Don Macke, vice president of e2 Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (previously the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship), has been selected to join GROW’s 12-member statewide board of directors.

“I have been following GROW Nebraska and supporting it from its very beginnings,” Macke said. “I so believe in its mission and value of growing our artisans’ community in Nebraska. Fostering this kind of development not only contributes to the personal and economic wellbeing in our state and region but greatly enhances our culture.”

GROW Nebraska Foundation CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke said she is excited to have Don join the board.

“Don brings a wealth of entrepreneurship and nonprofit success and strategic vision to our organization, which will be critical to our ability to scale and meet the growing demands to help Nebraska businesses connect to the global marketplace,” she said.

Macke said as a board member he hopes to shine a light on GROW Nebraska to share how its mission is critically important to the state. 

“In today’s very competitive human talent environment, genuine community is so important in attracting, developing and retaining human talent,” Macke said. “By fostering a robust artisan sector in Nebraska, GROW Nebraska is contributing to creating a much more interesting state while helping individual artisans find greater success with their passions.”

Macke’s experience in both nonprofit organizational development and working with entrepreneurial ventures will be of great value to GROW Nebraska.

Most of Macke’s career has been related to economic development. He worked for nearly 10 years on staff in the Nebraska Unicameral, serving in Ben Nelson’s cabinet and leading the Rural Development Commission. He also has provided consulting services to businesses and nonprofit organizations and has taught college economics.

Macke said he wants to “ensure that GROW Nebraska has the recognition, funding and staffing to fully optimize its potential.”

When he’s not working, Macke is active in his East Campus Neighborhood Association and assorted charities in his three hometowns of Mullen, Ogallala and Lincoln. He grew up in Mullen, graduated from high school in Ogallala and has lived in Lincoln since 1974.

He is married to Jenny Carver, who is a preschool special education teacher with the Lincoln Public Schools, and they have two adult sons who both live and work in Lincoln.

“As I approach this time in my life, I want to give back to my home state and hometowns,” Macke said. “Serving on the GROW Nebraska board hopefully will provide me another way to give back.”

GROW Nebraska® Foundation is a statewide non-profit training and marketing organization. Serving over 400 Nebraska small businesses, the organization provides marketing opportunities, education, and training to launch and connect Nebraska businesses to the global marketplace. GROW Nebraska’s educational programs receive federal and state funding, along with generous support from foundations and individual donors.