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. 

 

Women entrepreneurs learn and network at GNWBC Sip & Learn events

Women entrepreneurs learn and network at GNWBC Sip & Learn events

Women entrepreneurs learn and network at GNWBC Sip & Learn events

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As an organization, GROW Nebraska strives to be a useful business resource to the entrepreneurs in our state, and the Nebraska Women’s Business Center’s Sip & Learn events have been a fun, accessible addition to these efforts. 

The GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) was founded in early 2021, when the U.S. Small Business Administration provided grant funding for the launch of 20 new Women’s Business Centers across the nation. The program was designed to serve rural, urban, and underserved communities. 

The GNWBC has partnered with the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center (MOWBC) to come up with fresh, helpful events and resources for women entrepreneurs in the Omaha area. According to the organization’s website, the “Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center endeavors to accelerate the success of women in all aspects and at all business and professional levels.” Together, the groups are presenting Sip & Learn events for people in this demographic.

BC Clark, founder of the MOWBC and Program Director of the GNWBC, has been involved with this effort from the start. When asked where the idea came from, she said, “We were looking for signature events for the partnership. You hear about things like ‘Paint & Sip,’ so we thought, ‘Sip & Learn.’ It’s an opportunity to network and get education.” 

With businesses and operations opening up earlier this summer, the partners thought that some in-person networking opportunities would be good for the community. “We’ve been shut in for so long, it’s all about getting the work out for your business. You have to carve your own space out.”

Their last event brought in about 40 attendees. Clark said that while education is an important part of the Sip & Learn events, it’s really about the networking.

“Having some food and beverage while getting and sharing information with other business owners, that’s priceless networking.” 

The Sip & Learn events are held monthly, and feature different speakers for each meeting. These meetings cover topics like financials for women, networking, and investment. The partnership between the two organizations combines the resources, networks, and expertise of a large pool of experts, and will provide a valuable service to the woman entrepreneurs in the Omaha area and beyond. 

On the topic of the partnership, Clark said that, “Collaboration with these two organizations is really going to be able to bring the resources to women business owners, those who want to start a business, or just need a resource as ladies trying to find their way. We are bringing a greater service to a greater number of women. Working with GROW Nebraska is really allowing us to reach more people.” 

GROW NEBRASKA is excited to watch this partnership grow, and to share more about the good work these two organizations are doing for Nebraska’s women-led entrepreneurship community! For more information about the Sip & Learn events, please contact Candice Price at candice@grownebraskawbc.org.

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 to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

GROW Nebraska to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

GROW Nebraska to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

The GROW Nebraska Foundation and the new GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center in Omaha are partnering with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship to bring established or aspiring entrepreneurs short, approachable training sessions through social media.

These Training Tip Tuesday sessions will be held live at noon through Grow Nebraska’s Instagram, @buynebraska, every first and fourth Tuesday of the month.

The first Training Tip Tuesday event will kick off at 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Designed to easily flow into the lunch break of a busy small business owner, these sessions will bring highly-relevant and easily applicable advice to anyone who tunes in.

By using Instagram Stories as the training platform, the information will not be limited to GROW Nebraska members or even users located within the state. Anyone who follows @buynebraska will be able to view the training, either live or in the 24 hours following the event, reaching a potentially endless audience. The sessions will also be saved on Instagram TV. 

“GROW Nebraska is thrilled to be working with business development experts like Umeda Islamova and Candice Price. These women are experts in their field, and will surely bring a wealth of knowledge to Training Tip Tuesday in an easily-digestible format as viewers munch on lunch,” said Tiffany Stoiber, Director of Marketing and Business Development for GROW Nebraska.

Umeda IslamovaIslamova is the Director of Business Consulting at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb. There, she provides guidance, mentorship and resources to students, staff, faculty, and community businesses including strategy, marketing, financial management, sales growth and HR resources.

Prior to her current role, Islamova coached more than 300 businesses as the Center Director for Nebraska Business Development Center and was awarded the America’s Small Business Development Center State Star. She also has worked in product management and operations management at ISoft Data Systems, commercialization and marketing at NUtech Ventures, and research assistantship at the Center for Entrepreneurship. She has also ran a few retail businesses and currently owns a global online retail shop.

Candice PricePrice is the Director of GROW Nebraska’s new Women’s Business Center in Omaha, Neb. In addition to that role, she is the proud owner of two businesses in Omaha: Home Team Auto Sales, an auto dealership, and Sapphire Grill, a local food service company. She is also a licensed Real-Estate Broker in the state of Nebraska, an independent insurance adjuster licensed in six states, and a Notary Public commissioned in the state of Nebraska.

Price is a member of the New Leaders Council, a national organization, and Leadership Omaha. She also sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Omaha Municipal Land Bank; Omaha 100; Family Housing Advisory Services; and the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center.

“We are so excited about announcing our expansion with the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center in Omaha and delivering training tips that are right on the mark,” said GROW Nebraska CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke. “We know people are on their social media numerous times during the day. Why not provide them with a quick training tip to help build their business?  We are so grateful to our innovative board and sponsors that continue to help us create opportunities like Training Tip Tuesday.” 

No registration is necessary to view Training Tip Tuesday. Participants only need to follow GROW Nebraska on instagram, @buynebraska. Open the app at noon on each training day and look at the top of the Home tab to find the live feed.

The first session with Islamova on April 6 will focus on social media demographics.

To suggest a topic to be covered on a Training Tip Tuesday, email tiffany@grownebraska.org.