GROW Nebraska Continues Free Training Series With Google Partner

GROW Nebraska Continues Free Training Series With Google Partner

GROW Nebraska Continues Free Training Series With Google Partner

GROW Nebraska, in partnership with Google, launched a new training series in February of 2022. This FREE to the public workshop series features different topics each month, with a focus on google tools and boosting online visibility for businesses. There are both English & Spanish versions of these trainings offered every first Wednesday of the month. The English session takes place over zoom at 12pm CST. The Spanish session is done the same day at 6pm CST.  All GROW Nebraska trainings are on demand trainings anywhere anytime.  If entrepreneurs are unable to join during the live presentation all they need to do is sign up and the recording will be sent to them.

**The next upcoming Google Series is “Design Thinking For Entrepreneurs” on Wednesday Dec. 7th at 12pm (English) and 6pm (Spanish) CST. This topic is NEW to Google and we are excited to be one of the first to share it! The Google trainings will cover: Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems. It can be applied by entrepreneurs and small business owners to help with things like creating a company, inventing a product, redesigning a website, and more.

GROW Nebraska has received great feedback about the training from viewers, both members and non-members. There are new businesses starting up everyday that need the right resources, training and education to move their dream into a thriving business. GROW Nebraska feels honored to be a part of that thriving growth process.

“Being able to have these webinars available to the public is important to GROW Nebraska because we strive to help educate and give resources to the small businesses that we work with. The expansion of offering these in Spanish is highly needed in the Hispanic communities. We want everyone to have access to more business knowledge. Afterall, knowledge is power. Empowering entrepreneurs to learn how to not only “fish”, but to “own the pond” is in retrospect setting them up to feel successful going forward into the next steps of their business journey.”

-Amanda (GROW Nebraska’s Member Relations Coordinator)

Dave Meyer from Minneapolis, MN is the ongoing speaker with google for the English sessions, and Sixcia Devine from Providence, Rhode Island is the ongoing google speaker for the Spanish sessions. Both have been fantastic to work with and they bring so much knowledge and personality to each training!

“Showing up when customers are searching online is more important than ever. Ensure customers can find accurate, updated information about your local business on Google Search and Google Maps, no matter which device they use.”  -Dave Meyer, speaker/trainer for Google’s Grow with Google program

“Digital education for learners and small business owners is essential for professional and personal growth. The key to implementing those tools is simplicity and that is what I hope to share with the attendees who join my workshops.”  -Sixcia Devine, speaker/trainer for Google’s Grow with Google program

GROW Nebraska couldn’t agree with these statements more. The importance of making sure businesses have SEO working for them so they come up in relevant searches is only increasing, so it’s important to keep learning to stay ahead of the game. We invite you to join us on Dec. 7th or any of the following first Wednesdays of the month!

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Awarded Grant by Fund for Omaha with 1:1 Snap and Boost Program

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Awarded Grant by Fund for Omaha with 1:1 Snap and Boost Program

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Awarded Grant by Fund for Omaha with 1:1 Snap and Boost Program

 

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center is honored to announce we were selected as one of the local nonprofits by Fund for Omaha to receive the grant promoting our Snap and Boost Program Spanish.

The Omaha Community Foundation awarded $487,639 in Fund for Omaha grants to 22 local nonprofits with a focus on promoting racial equity and social justice.

The demand for operating support and flexible grant funding has never been higher. The Foundation received a record 140 applications for funding from the Fund for Omaha, totaling $3.17 million in requests.

The Fund for Omaha has granted more than $8 million to local nonprofits since the grant program started 34 years ago. Fund for Omaha is the largest grant program funded by the Foundation in partnership with local philanthropists.

Funding priorities include arts and culture, neighborhoods, economic opportunity, health, transportation, and vibrant communities—with an overarching emphasis on racial equity as of 2020.

Goals of the grant program include supporting advocacy efforts to address systems change in communities of color and working to ensure equitable access to opportunity.

Eden Butler with GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center states, “Thanks to organizations like Omaha Community Foundation, we’re able to continue providing support to entrepreneurs through quality training and access to resources for the growth and sustainability of small businesses throughout the Greater Omaha area. Thank you OCF for believing in the mission of equitable access to opportunity and supporting our efforts towards a stronger Nebraska workforce.”

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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.

Member and Husker Alum’s Popcorn Business Continues Gaining Steam, Expanding

Member and Husker Alum’s Popcorn Business Continues Gaining Steam, Expanding

Member and Husker Alum’s Popcorn Business Continues Gaining Steam, Expanding

 

 

We are so happy to share this article written by the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s Husker Alumni Newsletter of GROW Nebraska member Preferred Popcorn! They have been a proud member of GROW Nebraska since  2007. We are so honored to have been able to work with them and continue to watch them grow! Check out the article below, and shop his listings here! 

https://buynebraska.com/collections/preferred-popcorn 

You can find the fruits of his labor in movie theaters across America. Depending on the weekend, you might find the man himself in London or Bangkok.

He’s not a movie star on a worldwide press junket for his latest blockbuster. But Norm Krug has become a star in his field — especially when he’s planting or harvesting it.

The Husker alumnus from Chapman, Nebraska, a village with fewer residents than an ear of corn has kernels, now presides over a global popcorn company whose product is grown in seven states and has sold in more than 70 countries.

“It’s become quite a large operation,” Krug said of his business, Preferred Popcorn. “We’re one of the larger popcorn companies in America, and probably the world, as far as that goes.”

In 1998, two decades after earning a bachelor’s in animal science from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Krug founded Preferred Popcorn with a few fellow farmers from the Chapman area. As the son of a “hardworking tenant farmer” who had grown popcorn for 45 years, Krug already had long experience with the crop. At the time, though, he just hoped the new company could supplement his income while giving local farmers another option for supplementing their dent corn and soybean.

Naturally, Krug began by reaching out to movie theaters, which were attracting droves to see the likes of “Titanic,” “Armageddon” and “Saving Private Ryan.” Yet he soon found himself feeling like the hapless businessmen sometimes depicted on the silver screen, cold-calling unreceptive clients who were more likely to hang up than listen up.

“When we started out, we had zero name recognition,” he said. “And when we would call the theaters, it was, ‘Sorry, we use Orville (Redenbacher’s),’ and click.”

Then he dialed up his alma mater’s signature theater: the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, better known to Huskers simply as The Ross.

“They gave us an equal playing field,” Krug said. “It was really an encouragement to get our popcorn sold at The Ross. They were one of the first that took a chance on us.”

In those early days, years before dozens of semis handled his domestic distribution, Krug would toss a bag of kernels in the bed of his pickup, make the 90-minute drive east to Lincoln, and drop his popcorn at The Ross before taking in a Husker game at Memorial Stadium. He was thrilled and thankful for the business. But he was still growing more popcorn than he knew what to do with: Just one 50-pound bag of kernels, after all, could produce a thousand 32-ounce servings of popcorn. So the amateur entrepreneur started attending trade shows with the aim of drumming up more customers. The devout Christian’s first stop? Sin City.

“Here are these farmers going to Las Vegas. All we had was a sack of popcorn and our emblem, and there are all these large, amazing booths,” he recounted. “I’m sure we were the smallest popcorn plant in the world at that point. But we did have a good knowledge of popcorn and how to produce it.

“I think it’s a good story of: Stay with it. Don’t be discouraged. Have a mission. Do your job, and do it well.”

As it turned out, his company shared a trait with the crop it was selling: Once it gained some steam, it expanded in a hurry. That Vegas road trip yielded a sale to buyers in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. Krug followed it with a visit to Thailand, where the fish-out-of-water managed to hook more clients. All the while, he was finding friends in people he never anticipated meeting and common ground in places he never expected to set foot.

Once, during a stop in China, he spoke to a farmer with the aid of a translator. Krug was curious about what improvements the farmer wanted to see in his crops. His answers were familiar: varieties that stood straighter, were easier to harvest and ultimately sold for higher prices. For Krug, the conversation helped hammer home that farming, like music or math, is something of a universal language.

“Farmers want the same things halfway around the world,” Krug said. “I was as far from Nebraska as I could get. We want exactly the same thing.”

Business had picked up back home, too. Whereas movie theaters had once refused to even give Preferred Popcorn a try, the company was now supplying its product to Marcus Theatres and every other cinema in Lincoln. Today, Krug said, much of the popcorn sold in U.S. theaters is Preferred.

Though experience and name recognition have helped the business grow, Krug likes to think that Preferred Popcorn’s attention to detail and commitment to quality have also played their parts. The company keeps track of which growers have contributed which popcorn, awarding bonuses to those whose kernels have sustained minimal damage — an effort to ensure that the maximum percentage of kernels will actually pop. And each of the 65 bins at the Chapman-based headquarters is equipped with a sensor that monitors temperature and moisture, both of which can potentially take the pop out of popcorn.

Krug is proud, too, that Preferred Popcorn’s growers — about 50 of whom farm Nebraska’s land — have adopted crop rotations that reduce reliance on pesticides and no-till practices that curb erosion of topsoil. On one especially blustery mid-October day that marked the end of his annual popcorn harvest, with winds gusting to more than 40 miles per hour, Krug pointed out the lack of dust blowing from his fields.

“You have to have practical solutions, and the university has always been great at that,” said Krug, who dedicates about a thousand of his own acres to popcorn. “I do attribute a lot to my university background.

“People tend to think environmentalists and farmers are on different sides. We’re not. Who wants to preserve the soil more than I do? I have 16 grandchildren.”

As Preferred Popcorn nears its 25th anniversary, Krug continues to eye new opportunities. The company recently began popping its own popcorn for the first time, developing a ready-to-eat product line based out of Waco, Nebraska — a village even smaller than Chapman.

“We hope that grows into a large establishment,” he said, “and employs more people in another small Nebraska town.”

For a frequent flier who’s become attuned to the cultural customs of Japan and France and Egypt, Krug makes no secret of the fact that his Nebraska roots still run as deep as those anchoring the popcorn plants surrounding his native Chapman. Earlier this year, he embarked on a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland — affording him the chance, coincidentally enough, to watch his beloved Huskers kick off their season in Dublin.

“I’ve been able to travel to a lot of places in the world, meet a lot of incredible people, but I’m always glad to come home,” Krug said. “Nebraska is a great place to live, and I’m thankful for it.”

 

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https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/husker-alum-s-popcorn-business-continues-gaining-steam-expanding/

Written by Scott Schrage 

Pictures by Craig Chandler 

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 Clarissa Feldman Goes Full Time with Business Setting D Ranch LLC

GROW Nebraska Member Clarissa Feldman Goes Full Time with Business Setting D Ranch LLC

GROW Nebraska Member Clarissa Feldman Goes Full Time with Business Setting D Ranch LLC

GROW Nebraska is excited to announce Clarissa Feldman of Setting D Ranch LLC has made her part time business a full-time job! Clarissa and her husband Dan run a ranch by Litchfield Nebraska, and their company sells all different kinds of cuts of meat, from beef to pork they have a wide range of options. GROW Nebraska partnered with Clarissa Feldman back in 2021. Clarissa started working for GROW Nebraska full time knowing she wanted a place where she was able to grow her business and learn as much as possible. 

Clarissa states, “I wanted to move to a job that allowed me to grow my business and working at a job that helped entrepreneurs seemed like a great fit.” Clarissa was the store manager while she worked at GROW Nebraska. Her previous jobs had led her to be a great fit for this role. However, when her business started to expand out more, she decided to start doing that full time and focusing on that growth.

While she was at GROW Nebraska Clarissa learned a lot more about things that helped in her growth as a business. She states, “As an employee of GROW Nebraska I did have a good opportunity to learn about ecommerce and retail sales as well as advertising ideas. I was able to incorporate the things I learned towards growing parts of my business.” 

 

GROW Nebraska has hired many of our members in the past and it is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn and earn at the same time. “One of the biggest benefits of hiring our members is they have lots of passion about not only their business but other entrepreneurial businesses as well. Clarissa made lots of connections with other businesses during her time at GROW Nebraska from box companies, ecommerce platforms to having the opportunity to sell seasonings that are a great compliment to her existing line.” states Janell Anderson Ehrke, GROW Nebraska CEO.

 

Clarissa already knew a lot about what she wanted, and her goals were set. Her time at GROW Nebraska came to an end back in June. However, her business has only thrived since then, and she has continued her partnership with GROW Nebraska. When asked what her advice would be to new businesses Clarissa states, “set your goals and go for them.”

If you would like to know more about her products, you can catch her at many different farmers markets including the ones in Kearney, every Wednesday and Saturday!

Check out her website below!

https://www.settingdranch.com/

https://www.facebook.com/settingdranch

 

 

 

 

Written by Katee Daly

Pictures by Setting D Ranch LLC

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.

Every Day is a Gift Box Kind of Day – Support Nebraska Businesses Get Yours for the Holidays!

Every Day is a Gift Box Kind of Day – Support Nebraska Businesses Get Yours for the Holidays!

Every Day is a Gift Box Kind of Day – Support Nebraska Businesses Get Yours for the Holidays!

GROW Nebraska is excited for gift box season being right around the corner! There are so many great things to promote and put out there from all the Nebraska businesses who participate! Every box is customized and made with the person in mind. We ask a variety of questions when you order, either in person, email, or phone, making it the perfect gift from you to anyone you want to gift it to!  

One of our amazing members from Stonebridge Insurance comes in about once a month and gets gift boxes for his company. Brian Blakely states, “I wanted to be able to give our referral partners something unique, but also offer a variety of items that many people in their office might enjoy.  It is nice to be able to go into the Grow Nebraska store each month and be able to pick out different items to keep things fresh.”

The best part about these special gift boxes is you pick it all and we do the work! It’s customized to your likes but made by us! Brian Blakely states, “I love the fact that all I do is pick out what I want from the store, and then the Grow Nebraska staff does all the work to package them and make them look great when we take them in.  I also appreciate the fact that I can customize each box with our company logo, which helps us stand out each time we make a visit.” If you are a business, we just need your logo and we can add it to any box!

Gift boxes range from small to large, or they can be made in a basket we have on hand of your choice. So many options to choose from! Get your customized Nebraska gift box for this Holiday Season, or just to tell someone you appreciate them today!

Check out our website for ideas below, give us a call, email us, or come see us at the store! 

Younes Campus Location: 421 W Talmadge St STE 1 Kearney, NE 68845 

Store Phone: 308-338-3520

Email:

katee@grownebraska.org

mandy@grownebraska.org 

info@grownebraska.org 

store website:

https://buynebraska.com/ 

 

 

 

 

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.