Business Specialists Participate in
Nebraska Rural Institute
Nebraska Rural Institute was held September 16-18 at the
Marina Inn in South Sioux City. Mayor of South Sioux,
William McLarty kicked off the three-day event with a
welcome and an overview of South Sioux’s collaborative
efforts, youth leadership, and technology.
Throughout the institute a number of dynamic sessions
focused on entrepreneurship, diversity, reaching out,
and forming coalitions. REAP Business Specialists
presented sessions on:
- Mosaic in Motion: A Diversity Mobile Workshop
led by Northeast Business Specialist Karen Linnenbrink
and Judi Meyer from Ho-Chunk Development Corp.
- Reaching New Markets through Collaborative
Lending with Senior Business Specialist Gene Rahn
and Rose Jaspersen from the Nebraska Microenterprise
- Entrepreneurial Exploration – Providing Road
Maps for Businesses and Communities with REAP
Women’s Business Center Director Glennis McClure,
Marilyn Schlake with UNL, Marialy Negron with the Juan
Diego Center, and Steve Williams from the Nebraska
Department of Economic Development.
- Southeast Business Specialist Monica Braun
finished the two-part series of Nuts and Bolts: A
Business Resource and Development Mini-Seminar
with Gaila Gilliland, City of South Sioux; Loren
Kucera, NBDC-Wayne; Kendall Scheer, High Point
Services; and Marilyn Schlake from UNL.
Over 190 people attended the event, some from as far
away as Australia and Canada and others from all over
Nebraska. In addition, senators from Northeast Nebraska,
Southeast South Dakota, and Northwest Iowa were there.
The theme for this year’s event was Like Lewis and
Clark: Explore Your Opportunities. More
opportunities than one person had time to take advantage
of took place in those three days. It was a great event
put together by Charlotte Narjes and Lacey Madden from
the CARI program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.