October  2003      Vol. 12, No. 9  REAP HOME PAGE  A publication of the Center for Rural Affairs    
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Business Specialists Participate in Nebraska Rural Institute

The 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 Partnership Fund.
  • 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.


 Contact: For more information on the event, visit http://cari.unl.edu/nri/.
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