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SBA Event to Focus on Building Young Entrepreneurship in Nebraska

Advisory Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Michael Foutch (402) 221-7211


WHO: U.S. Small Business Administration Region VII Regional Administrator, Patricia Brown-Dixon, the SBA Nebraska District Office and the College of Business Administration,  University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Keynote Speakers:
  • Sangeeta Badal, Ph.D. Chief Researcher for Gallup’s Entrepreneurship and Job Creation Initiative
  • Gerry Phelan, owner, Midwest Woodworkers
Panel Discussion with Young Entrepreneurs:
  • Blake Lawrence, CEO, Hurrdat Social Media, LLC
  • Beka Doolittle, owner of The Pink Store, LLC
  • Mitch Meyer, owner of Mail Order Comics
  • Steve Gordon, Jr., owner of RDQLUS Creative
Moderator:  Jeff Slobotski, Silicon Prairie News
WHAT: The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Nebraska District Office invites members of the press and other dignitaries to attend the Young Entrepreneur Summit, designed to highlight tools the SBA has to help entrepreneurs from ages 18-35 start and grow a business.
WHERE:  Mammel Hall Auditorium, 6708 Pine St., University of Nebraska at Omaha
WHEN:  Friday, March 16, 2012, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Background on Event:
The Young Entrepreneur Series seeks to connect SBA resources and programs with a cohort of enthusiastic would-be business owners, allowing the latter the chance to voice their concerns about the current business climate in Omaha, the state and the country, and bring their ideas to the table.  Omaha is proud to be one of the locations across the country to be selected for this event, with its strong core of entrepreneurial energy and success in start-up financing.
According to the Young Entrepreneurs Council, more than half of 16-39 year olds do not feel they have sufficient resources to start a business; 24 percent reported not having enough government or financial support.  With youth unemployment twice the national average in many communities, particularly underserved neighborhoods and among veterans, SBA recognizes a need to promote and better support the efforts of young people looking to create jobs for themselves and others.
The goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of resources to start a successful small business and encourage a new generation of people to create a foundation of long-term economic growth by hearing from existing successful entrepreneurs.
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