Turner Technology Plans Open House for New Holdrege Location

Turner Technology Plans Open House for New Holdrege Location

Turner Technology Plans Open House for New Holdrege Location

Lt. Gov. Foley, local leaders celebrate Niobrara Valley Vineyards’ expansion project, which will be assisted by funding from the Community Development Block Grant program for Tourism Development.

 

HOLDREGE — The public is invited to help Turner Technology celebrate its new downtown Holdrege location and the business’s 30th anniversary at an open house from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Turner Technology moved out of its former home inside of AgWest Commodities in September to its location at Brewster Place, 414 East Ave. The open house will include food, drinks, entertainment and door prizes. The Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce will commemorate the occasion with an official ribbon cutting at 4 p.m.

Owner Gary Bren said the downtown location will give the company better visibility as it plans to increase its presence and grow the company’s operations in central Nebraska.

“There’s more opportunity to grow here than in Omaha,” Bren said. “I love the business climate in central Nebraska.”

Turner Technology started in 1992 in Omaha and branched out to Holdrege in 2010. The company provides managed IT services, software development, networking, VoIP services, security and consulting. The company mainly serves other businesses and has extensive experience with medical offices, manufacturing and distribution, insurance and financial services, and non-profit organizations. They help connect the dots between people and technology.

In central Nebraska, Turner Technology serves clients in about a 100-mile radius of Holdrege, including McCook, Hastings, North Platte and northern Kansas. Turner Technology employs seven people in the Holdrege office and plans to nearly double its local staff in the next year.

The company takes pride in having big city skills and small town values, which matches with its decision to have a greater presence in downtown Holdrege.

Turner Technology remodeled the front third of the Brewster Place building. It will occupy space on the first floor and second floor. Part of the third floor will be transformed into apartments for Turner Technology employees. The new location includes a modern conference room with audio and video equipment that seats up to 18 people. The room will be available at no charge for members of the Holdrege Area Chamber Of Commerce and Phelps County Development Corporation investors.

For more information about Turner Technology, visit the website at www.theturnerway.com or call (308) 995-2071 or email hello@theturnerway.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.

GROW Nebraska Member Niobrara Valley Vineyards Breaks Ground on Expansion

GROW Nebraska Member Niobrara Valley Vineyards Breaks Ground on Expansion

GROW Nebraska Member Niobrara Valley Vineyards Breaks Ground on Expansion

Lt. Gov. Foley, local leaders celebrate Niobrara Valley Vineyards’ expansion project, which will be assisted by funding from the Community Development Block Grant program for Tourism Development.

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2022 (LINCOLN) — Just over a mile south of rural Nenzel, members of a five-generation family serve as vintners and visionaries in north central Nebraska. Specialty wines at Niobrara Valley Vineyards tell the story of the Nollette family’s ranching roots. Cowgirl Blush and Sweetheart Red are just two of NVV’s wines that portray their life in the Sandhills since the turn of the 20th century.

More than 100 years later, the Nollette’s are expanding their company’s footprint with an expansion project. This week, Lt. Gov. Mike Foley helped celebrate the project’s groundbreaking with Gregory and Cindy Nollette, Cherry County officials, members of the Central Nebraska Economic Development District (CNEDD) and the Department of Economic Development (DED). A new campsite, walking paths and restrooms are part of the $736,089 project, which will include assistance from a federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Tourism Development. Program funding is facilitated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by DED.

“Gov. Ricketts and DED Dir. Goins appreciate the opportunity to collaborate on projects designed to showcase why we choose to call Nebraska home,” Lt. Gov. Foley said. “The story of Niobrara Valley Vineyards started with an entrepreneurial family’s vision to welcome visitors to our state. Cherry County and CNEDD leaders brought tourism dollars to the table for this project, which solidified efforts to invigorate development in this region.”

In addition to the ongoing development of infrastructure and amenities on the property, the $385,039 CDBG fund will create Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility. The funding assistance will create two full-time jobs for low to moderate income employees. The employees will assist with an influx of new tourists and provide staffing for the winery’s new tasting room and event center, which will be funded through private investments.

“Public and private partnerships are often a cornerstone of tourism development in our state and encourage Nebraskans to play a role in regional growth,” said CDBG Manager Steve Charleston. “The CDBG-Tourism Development program has become increasingly competitive over the past several years and has helped fund projects in other Nebraska communities, such as Gothenburg, Hastings and Ogallala. We are anxious to help facilitate similar growth in Cherry County through NVV’s expansion.”  

The growing winery has received numerous accolades among industry leaders. Since 2016, NVV has received awards from the Mid-American, Indy International and International Cold Climate wine competitions. That recognition, and the Nollette’s home grown hospitality, draw more than 5,000 visitors every year.

The CDBG-Tourism Development program requires visitation from 2,500 people per year. The program also helps fund historic restorations, scientific and educational interpretive sites, cultural and heritage sites, and facilitates the removal of architectural barriers. 

For additional information on the CDBG-Tourism Development program, contact Steve Charleston at 402-471-3757 or steve.charleston@nebraska.gov.

 

Article Written by Brittany Hardin as seen on NEDEV-L@LISTSERV.UNL.EDU newsletter 

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.

State Fair 2022 Proves to be Success for GROW Nebraska Members

State Fair 2022 Proves to be Success for GROW Nebraska Members

State Fair 2022 Proves to be Success for GROW Nebraska Members

As 2022’s state fair has come to an end, GROW Nebraska wants to thank all the members for making it possible for this year’s outcome to be so great! We were up over all in sales and had our second largest state fair outcome. GROW Nebraska had about 54 businesses participate, and some of those were service businesses who came and promoted their products!

Not only did we have many returning businesses for this year’s fair, GROW Nebraska also had some new faces who came down to join in on the fair fun as well. When deciding whether to come, Owen Bridges, with Bridges Solutions states, “It was a no-brainer. After learning that I could work my fees off at the state fair, it just made sense to give it a shot. There wasn’t any risk involved and I knew if I needed any help or guidance, I had the Grow Nebraska staff there to help me out.”

Owen goes on to say, “Being there to work the booth also helped me learn what potential customers wanted to know about my product. I then took that information and have applied it to my website and future marketing materials.” Owen’s social media post from the fair reached about 3,000 views. “Overall, I was able to get my brand in front of thousands of eyes because of the state fair.”

GROW Nebraska is all about getting business’s names out there, events like the state fair help promote and do just that. Turner Technology’s Jim Gawrych came for his first year this year as well. He states, “The Nebraska State Fair is a fantastic event that brings people from across Nebraska together.  There is something for everyone, from the livestock entries, quilt exhibits, rides, entertainment, and crazy food options.”

Not only does GROW Nebraska create an environment you can expand in, it also is a place to learn. Once Leslie Sikyta, who owns Lux by Leslie, came for her first time this year she states, “The State Fair was a big learning experience for me as I did not know what to expect with it being my first time as a vendor with Grow Nebraska.” However, Leslie goes on to say, “I was pleased with what I sold and wished I had brought more product, but I will learn from that and be better prepared for next year.

CEO and creator of GROW Nebraska, Janell Anderson Ehrke, states, “I was very pleased with this year’s turn out. Just like with anything there will be room to grow and improve for next year. Maybe that will be the year we beat all our state fair sales!”

 

 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.

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Welcome’s Lydia Okuku

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Welcome’s Lydia Okuku

GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center Welcome’s Lydia Okuku

 

This Summer, the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center (GNWBC) was offered an opportunity to partner with Step Up! Omaha – a nonprofit organization that assist youths in resume and interview preparation and first job placements. Step Up! Omaha was able to pair us with an amazing intern named Lydia Okuku. Lydia came to us as a 2022 graduate from Millard North who was excited to learn more about marketing and business management.

 

Lydia Okuku states, “Being introduced to be a part of GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center has been a new adventure. I have been given the opportunity to sit beside Eden to observe and support the start of new entrepreneurs. Every single one of these entrepreneurs has sacrificed so much to start and I’m so happy that I can reassure and relieve their stress. Seeing so much effort from GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center and beyond makes me truly believe no one is ever alone, the system is a family.”

 

Lydia was able to join the GNWBC Team on several excursions from picking up distribution orders to meetings with collaborative partners and sponsors. Lydia also helped a lot with the intake process for our one-on-one meetings and got a chance to speak with both upcoming and established business owners about their goals and challenges.

 

Eden Butler, Executive Director of GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center states, “In the short time we had with Lydia, we were really impressed with her attention to detail and desire to support every individual that we connected with. I see nothing but great things instore for Lydia’s future and we were very lucky to have her!”

 

Lydia Okuku goes on to say, “Not only have I been a support to others, but Eden has also been a huge support to me. Every day I come in I am greeted with positive energy and drive from Eden that makes me excited to work. Eden has shown my worth in the GNWBC family even though my role isn’t top-level. I am extremely grateful for her to be by my side, she is a strong influential person that has become my role model now, and in my future years. Furthermore, I am, from the bottom of my heart, grateful that
I can be in this family, and know that I am doing something not many get the chance to have. I
am definitely enjoying myself and loving every moment of my adventure here.”

 

We wish Lydia the best of luck, and a special thank you goes to Step Up! Omaha for making the connection. The GNWBC looks forward to continuing its partnership with Step Up! Omaha and welcome our next intern which will start as our new assistant in the Fall.

 

 

 By Eden Butler Lydia Okuku & 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.

Bianchi Candles Expands in New Nebraska Game and Parks Candle Line

Bianchi Candles Expands in New Nebraska Game and Parks Candle Line

Bianchi Candles Expands in New Nebraska Game and Parks Candle Line

Not many success stories start at twelve years old, but for Nic Bianchi that’s exactly when it all began. He got a candle making kit for his birthday and only grew from there. He started a couple of lines of candles, Bianchi Candle Company, and Yes You Candle.

Nic continues to grow his line with a mutual GROW Nebraska member, Nebraska Game and Parks, who collaborated with Bianchi Candles on an outdoor citronella candle. Nic states, “When the opportunity arose for us to work with Nebraska Game and Parks it was a no brainer to proceed. They work so hard to bring people out in nature and conserve the parts of our state that make Nebraska living, the good life.”

This line is under their customizable line. It is called the Lavender Eucalyptus Citronella Game and Parks Candle. Customizable lines like this require a little information from the buyer. Nic states, “We strive to make sure that every custom candle project we work on is completely unique to the person or company we are partnered with. This begins with a design meeting to talk through ideas and match your vision with something we can bring to life.”

Margot DesRocher from Nebraska Game and Parks states, “The process was collaborative and easy. We were able to sample different scent components ultimately deciding on a Lavender Eucalyptus in addition to the citronella, which are both lovely scents with the added bonus of insect repelling properties. Once we decided on the scent and designed our packaging it was a quick turnaround to get our inventory and we couldn’t be more pleased with the final product.”

They hand pour every candle in their factory in Omaha. When you order custom candles, you get final approval of the line. What your design is and more. Nic states “Often custom candles are used as client or employee gifts, and we truly get to see how much thought the leaders in our community put into showing their appreciation.”

The candles are a complement to enjoying the outdoors with a wonderful crackling wood wick and natural insect repelling properties. Margot states, “In addition to supporting Bianchi Candle Company, a homegrown Nebraska business, the proceeds from the sales will go to the parks’ fund for improvement projects, including improved infrastructure, new amenities, and added accessibility.”

Nic has been a member of GROW Nebraska for a little over a year, he states, “Grow Nebraska has helped us with spreading the word about Bianchi Candle Co. We have seen many great partnerships and connections come from our relationship with GROW Nebraska. We are very excited to continue this amazing partnership as our companies grow together.”

This is not the first project Nebraska Game and Parks has worked with GROW Nebraska on, they also worked with several other businesses last year to make their first ever centennial line of merchandise to celebrate 100 years of the establishment of the first ever state park being open in Nebraska. This included t-shirts, magnets, stickers, tumblers, and more. GROW Nebraska could not be more grateful for both partnerships, and all the businesses who have participated to make this whole line possible!

These candles are available for local delivery and pickup! For more information on Bianchi Candles go to their website below, or to order your game and parks candle, slide on over to the GROW Nebraska website!

https://bianchicandleco.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwio6XBhCMARIsAC0u9aGITqwZbYPEXLBWf2VRnP4ntPrDIz6S5PuZlcFFzr8eivN5Hu26pscaArAZEALw_wcB

 

https://buynebraska.com/products/citronella-candle

 

 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.