The Joy of Gifting Local

Baker's Candies Nebraska box

Between reports of shipping delays, supply chain issues, and travel restrictions this year, it was clear that many people were worried about holiday shopping… but here at GROW Nebraska, we know that gifting local is the only option you never have to worry about!


This year, GROW Nebraska started our holiday Gift Box program, which allowed companies to give back to their employees and clients through thoughtfully-curated gift boxes, packed full of incredible goodies and products exclusively from our GROW Nebraska members! 



One of the companies that took the most advantage of this program was E&A Consulting, an engineering company specializing in civil engineering and land development. E&A purchased 325 gift boxes for their clients, and ended up supporting 14 different Nebraska-based businesses in the process. We had the opportunity to chat with Chelsea Benck with E&A, who said, “We wanted to find someone who was local, versus supporting a big box company. We help create communities, so we found that it was important to find a company with local roots in these communities. We wanted to let our clients see how important they are to us.”


Chelsea told us that E&A was happy to be part of this partnership, and to be able to give back to their clients in a way that supports other Nebraska business owners. When asked about their experience, she said, “We really liked the option to have things customized. We were able to show who we are, using our brand colors in things like tissue paper. We’re really happy with the overall product, and definitely found value in it.”


We’re so grateful to E&A Consulting for choosing our Gift Box program, as well as all of the other participants! Here’s what they had to say about their experience with the program:


“We chose to partner with GROW Nebraska this holiday season to give our employees something different for Christmas. GROW Nebraska is excellent to work with. The gift boxes arrived at our employee’s doorsteps, and we have heard numerous positive comments on the box presentation and the gifts inside.”

— Haley Ehrke, Ag Valley Co-op


“Adams Insurance Advisors chose to send 175 customer appreciation gifts with GROW Nebraska on the recommendation of one of our employees, and we wanted to support businesses in the state where AIA calls home. As an added bonus, we could customize our box to highlight products from our direct service areas in Nebraska! I would recommend using GROW Nebraska, as they quickly responded to inquiries, provided frequent updates on our order, and were an overall pleasure to partner with for our customer appreciation gifts. In addition, they drop-shipped the gift boxes to our customers, which was helpful since many of our customers are out of state, and as a safety precaution for the ongoing pandemic.”

Kate Wright, Adams Insurance Advisors

We want to thank everyone who participated in our Gift Box program this holiday season — it was the perfect year to gift local!

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.