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City offering reimbursements for 2010 MarketPlace PDF Print E-mail

MarketPlace 2010 is coming up early next year on Feb. 23 and 24.  The Ramada Inn in Kearney will host the event.  
This year’s teach-ins promise to be the best yet with subjects ranging from Internet Profitability; Branding on a Shoestring Budget; Balancing Business and Life presented by Scott Knapp and Lauralee Miller.  
Knapp works for the Nebraska Business Development Center’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center and provides government contracting assistance to businesses across central and western Nebraska from his office on the campus of the University of Nebraska Kearney.  
Lauralee Miller is a managing partner of The Alternative Group and has over 25 years experience in management and marketing from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.  
Realizing the importance of small businesses to the local economy, the city of Imperial has set aside funds through the economic development program to award up to three  reimbursable scholarships to the 2010 MarketPlace Small Business Conference.
These scholarships may be used to reimburse up to $150 in eligible expenses related to attending the MarketPlace event.  
Scholarship applications are available at the city offices located at 740 Court Street. The deadline for submitting an application is Jan. 18.  
For more information regarding the city’s MarketPlace scholarship program, please contact Leslie Carlholm at 882-4368.     

Available sessions
MarketPlace offers the following tracks—something for everyone:
Marketing Unique approaches to help entrepreneurs prosper through innovative marketing (examples: branding and packaging products or services, niche marketing, etc.)
Agriculture Exceptional opportunities available as an agricultural business (examples: agri tourism, direct marketing of local foods, high value products)
Financing Educational tools to increase knowledge (examples: cash is king, financing your business)
Community Development Innovative community offerings to enhance unique entrepreneurial approaches (examples: how’s and why’s of being an entrepreneurial community, public policy, renewing your community, youth retention/attraction, investment clubs)
Technology Extraordinary ways to increase business using technology anywhere you live (examples: podcasting, off and online businesses)
Business Development Programs that build business competency levels, creating awareness improving business skills (examples: risk management, legal issues, customer service)
Hispanic Sessions taught in Spanish to enhance business skills (examples: marketing, nuts & bolts of business start-ups, bookkeeping basics)
Youth Introduce entrepreneurial experiences and concepts encouraging career exploration and opportunities
Women Business Owners What does it take for you, a WOMAN, to start your own business? What challenges will YOU face in taking control of your destiny and opening your own business?